How often do you open the tap and leave the water running for minutes just because you want it colder or warmer? Do you pay attention to flushing the toilet only with the necessary amount of water? Have you thrown away plastic bottles still half-full of water? Do you take a bath or have a shower daily? These and many more everyday situations provide opportunities to save water and money on your bills. However, too many parts of the world do not enjoy this luxury of choices. For they have access to water in limited quantities for limited periods. And before we see it live or experience water shortage for an extended period of time ourselves, we will probably never really take these things seriously. We tend to believe that this issue does not affect us. It does and it is very close to all of us.
And because I am still writing about Morocco, I would like to share a beautiful fundraising campaign, one of our tour guides launched recently. The Water is Life campaign aims to help Idir, a wonderful man I met along the trip, to maintain his vegetable garden in the long run. The help he receives will be shared with the whole community, for he considers teaching traditional farming methods to young people essential.
“Sometimes, people need a helping hand to succeed in difficult circumstances. Idir is literally caught between a rock and a hard place. He needs a rock breaker to access the precious life giving water in his well. He has dug his well by hand and is getting around 30 minutes of water a day to water his organic garden, but he has hit rock and really needs help to reach the deeper groundwater. His hope is once he has got his garden growing well, he will be able to teach young people in his village the ways of farming successfully in the harsh environment that he lives in the Sahara Desert village of Regabi near Mhamid el Ghizlane. He inherited this garden from his father. 40 years ago the Draa River had enough water to support life in this valley, since the dam was built, there is less and less. Now the groundwater is much harder to reach. The only way for desert dwellers to survive is with a well. I have seen Idir struggle over the last three years and he has done as much as he can, he cannot get enough water to make his garden produce enough food to feed his family…. With your donation, they can have enough water to feed themselves and be able to teach others to do the same.” Karima Rebecca Powell
Take a look at the photos I took in Idir’s garden, and imagine how difficult it is to grow anything here without having access to adequate quantity of water in the Saharan heat. And imagine what it means that this is all he needs to provide for his family and share his knowledge with future generations.
Consider sharing the campaign with your network. More details here: Water is Life