Thursday, September 19, 2013

Reality Check in Fiji

These past few days have been full of so much excitement...signing the MOU with the Fiji Ministry of Health...strategizing on plans to bring clean drinking water to the 1200 rural villages of Fiji who drink contaminated water every day.

Nothing gives me a reality check more than to drive to the interior of Fiji and experience some of those rural villages. That's what I did today. 1 and 1/2 hours from Nadi, up steep mountains in a 4 wheel drive vehicle, we reached our destination. You can't believe that tiny roads like this would actually lead anywhere. But then, almost out of nowhere, a rural village appeared. It was like stepping back in time to a land one could only dream about.

The villagers still get around on horseback, and they get their water supply from the tiny river that runs through their village. I didn't take a water sample kit to know this water was not suited for drinking. With animals dropping their feces all around, this water was a walking time bomb! No wonder it is one of the Typhoid hotspots in the Western Division of Fiji!

As we walked into the village, we were greeted with a warm welcome. The village had gotten word that Give Clean Water was coming to bring them clean drinking water. I was humbled by their hospitality, and by the idea that Give Clean Water was part of changing their lives forever. I sat there with a deep conviction of the calling placed on my life, to solve a country's water crisis problem where half the country currently drinks contaminated water every day.

It's times like this when my heart is branded with determination to right this injustice! Children and adults should not have to die over something that is so easily solved. Give Clean Water, in partnership with the Fiji Ministry of Health has the solution! We just need to raise the money to accomplish this.

As I get ready to board my flight back to the United States, I'm reminded of just how rich we are as a country. We have all the resources necessary to change the world! So my calling is not only to solve a country's water problem, but to help you be a part of that awesomeness!

If you have followed the story of Give Clean Water and think it's a cool thing, I want to urge you to become a monthly donor. Let's raise up an army of people who will be able to say, "I was a part of solving an entire country's water problem!"

$25 per month for one year, gives a family a sustainable clean drinking water solution for the next 10+ years! Saving the lives of children is totally worth it!

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