This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with The Clorox Company and Latina Bloggers Connect and all proceeds are donated to The Orphaned Earring kids.
Living in the U.S. and having access to all the amenities and commodities of life, we forget how precious basic things are, such as water.
Growing up in different cities my family and I had to adjust at the different practices each town has for water consumption. In Esteli, Nicaragua we had to collect water at night when the running water has available since there was no running water from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm daily. We connected water hoses to faucets that led to a barrel. That full barrel of water had to last us all day, including showers, toilets, cleaning and even laundry so we were very careful on how we used water. I became an expert on one bucket of water showers.
In Managua, Nicargua we had running water all day but the water pressure was very weak. At night time water had better pressure and we collected water in smaller containers for dishes and laundry. Here are some ways we learned how to conserve and even recycle water:
- Closing the faucet while brushing our teeth
- Turning off the water while shaving
- Using water we used to clean vegetables to water plants
- Using water from doing laundry to water the streets to control the dust
There many other countries that face greater challenges. One in seven people in Peru don’t have access to safe water. In turn, unsafe drinking water is a leading cause of illness, malnutrition and death for children in the country. Around the world approximately 88% of deaths due to diarrheal illness are attributable to unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene. In fact, diarrheal diseases kill more children than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined, making it the second leading cause of death among children under five.
There are easy and cost-effective ways to support public health such as bleach, a powerful and safe disinfectant.
During the next three years, the Safe Water Project powered by The Clorox Company will help bring 400,000 liters of safe drinking water each day to more than 25,000 individuals in Peru where one in seven people don’t have access to safe water. The Project will help install public bleach dispensers by community water sources to help treat and disinfect water, as well as provide health and hygiene education.
We do our part by conversing water but we can also join The Clorox Company and help other communities that desperately need help. You can get involved just by tweeting #safewaterproject! Each tweet will donate to the Clorox Safe Water Project to expand their presence in Peru. Each $1 donation provides one Peruvian with safe water for four months.
Tweet the message “Every time you tweet #ProyectoAguaSegura Clorox will make a $1 donation, up to $20,000, to bring safe drinking water to kids in Peru.”
Together and with the wonderful support of The Clorox Company we can make a difference.