Saturday, July 26, 2008

Lifewater Update & Carrie's New Job

Many of you know that about a month ago I (Carrie) started a new job at Lifewater International. It's a Christian development organization that focuses on water development, with sanitation and hygiene education. In short, I love it. I'm in the Development & Communications department and I help with all the incoming grants and reporting and stuff. I've said this to many of you, but it's like my dream job I never knew I wanted. I'm still learning a lot and am still being trained, but don't feel as overwhelmed as I did at first. As with any job, there is a lot to learn right away just about the organization in general, not to mention my specific job.

It's also pretty amazing what Lifewater does. We work in primarily in Africa, Asia, and South America with partner organizations to help train them in well drilling, pump repair, hygiene, and sanitation education. Did you know that out of 6 billion people on this earth, 1.1 BILLION don't have access to safe water, and 2.4 BILLION don't have access to a sanitary latrine? The former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said: “We shall not finally defeat AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, or any of the other infectious diseases that plague the developing world until we have also won the battle for safe drinking water, sanitation, and basic health care.”

It's intense stuff and the more I am learning about our world's water crisis, the more I am glad to be working for who I work for. It's an amazing thing to hear about communities whose women used to spend hours of their days walking and carrying water (most often contaminated) for their families, and who now only have to go to the pump in the center of their community for water that is safe and clean. It's also an amazing and shocking thing to hear how many communities and women for which it is still reality to walk many miles each day to reach a water source. The following is a story about two women whose lives have drastically changed. Learn how you can help- click on the picture below and read what real people face every day.

lifewater international newsletter

My favorite picture of all time is this little boy- I love to look at his little face and know he has access to safe water in his community!


jeninslo said...

I'm still excited for you and your dream job. It does sound like a great organization to be affiliated with. A friend of mine spent two years with the Peace Corps working on safe water projects. To be able to combine the gospel with practical assistance is awesome.

By the way, Taboo is yours. I'll bring it next time I see you. :)

Chris Horst said...

I'm so excited for you, Carrie! What an exciting opportunity!! I'll be in California in October and I'd love to meet up with you and Greg and hear the updates on your lives.