Monday, March 21, 2011


We are alone at the playground.  It is a rare moment.

Evee takes off her shoes.  She plays in the sandbox.  Yesterday, she and her friends had found a big puddle.  She picks up a bucket, walking to see if the water is still there.

Back and forth she goes to the puddle.  Filling her leaking bucket.  What water is left when she arrives at the sandbox gets poured out. 

On my lap is the latest Compassion Magazine.  It tells me that

"50% of the world's hospitalizations are due to water-related illnesses such as cholera."
"1.5 million children die of waterborne illnesses every year."
"800 million people do not have access to clean water."
"one in five children worldwide die from diarrhea - that's more than AIDS, malaria and measles combined."
I think about the sandy water Evee is playing this "dirty" water is probably better than the drinking water a large percentage of the world gets. 

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