Campaign: Global Citizen News

Meet One of the Ten Million

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Have you ever believed in something so much that your actions and mindset transitioned from tempered and semi-hopeful to relentlessly dedicated to pursuing the reality of your belief? At Water.org we believe water is the way. We believe it is the way to break the cycle of poverty. To protect and save lives. To make a bright future possible for all. Our firm belief in the power of water is why we relentlessly pursue empowering people with access to safe water, and why today, 10 million people around the globe are realizing new opportunities in their lives because now they can turn on a tap and use a toilet in their homes.

Morée

Morée poses on a coffee plantation in Uganda after documenting the story of a farmer who now has safe water at home.

Hi. My name is Mor­ée Scofield. I am the Senior Content Creator and Writer for the international NGO, Water.org. From Indonesia to Uganda, Cambodia to Peru, I’ve traveled the world to collect stories and photos from the countries of these 10 million people Water.org has empowered through access to safe water and improved sanitation.

Sure it’s my job to document these things, but I consider this enlightening time I get to spend with some of the most remarkable, capable humans to be an opportunity and an honor. These are people with experiences who share our belief that with access to safe water and sanitation at home, they can do far more in life. I am honored to serve the mission of Water.org by capturing the stories they enthusiastically share about their lives before and after getting access to life’s most critical resource.

Grace

A pregnant Grace poses from her home in Ethiopia.

Allow me to introduce you Grace. I spent time with Grace just a few months ago at her home in rural Ethiopia. She is one of the 10 million people who is living proof of our belief that water is the way. She and her husband are doing their best to make a home for their first child - and in that home we believe their family should have safe water.

Grace lives in a small rural village several hours south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Sixty-one million people lack access to safe water in her country. Burdened by the water crisis, it is not surprising that Grace shared with me her concerns for the sustainability of her pregnancy. As we sat upon handmade wooden chairs in her well-kept mud and thatch home, Grace described her walks as “so uncomfortable and hot.” The weight of the water was hard on her body, so she carried less and made more trips. She wanted relief; she needed water at home.

Grace is a global citizen with rights. She and her husband are doing their best to make a home for their first child - and in that home we believe the family should have safe water.

This is where Water.org’s work is working. We believe in empowering people with access to safe water. It is for people like Grace that we created WaterCredit. WaterCredit brings small, easily repayable loans to people who need access to affordable financing and resources to make household water and toilet solutions a reality. Grace and her husband are people who have what it takes to define their own futures, and like all people, they deserve the opportunity to do so. They just needed a little help.

It is because of this solution that today, Grace has a water tap on her property. It is because of this solution that today, Grace is no longer burdened by the water crisis. And, it is because of this solution that now, Grace can rest in preparation for her baby. This is the power of water, and this is why we believe water is the way.


Here’s to empowering 10 million people like Grace with access to safe water, and here’s to empowering millions more. Celebrate this milestone with me by making a donation to Water.org at Water.org/10M.

All photos credit to Water.org.

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