Friday, 15 October 2010

What water shortage?

Water feature
Bristol City Centre, United Kingdom

Water shortage?
 Not in the West...
It is not realistic to stop those who have access to an abundance of clean running water to use it as they see fit. An individual, family, group or community in an environment where fresh clean water flows from their taps on demand cannot be expected to consider those they do not see, half way across the world who do not have this luxury like the woman in the charity water picture above with a glass of what comes out of her tap...only her tap is not one that gives even dirty water on demand. It is a hole in the ground to which she has to walk many miles to retrieve this dirty, 'water borne disease' infested water in order to quench her thirst. No I cannot and do not expect people who have never left the comfort of their western  or should I say 'first world' lifestyles to really understand what it it like to be so thirsty that you drink urine in a bid to quench a dryness in one's mouth that vie's for a 'desert' status. No this would be unfair indeed.

It is however not too much to expect this affluent few, (the mark of affluence here being anyone who can call upon fresh clean water at the turn of a tap); having been alerted of this situation to be moved to action...
Image from Charity: Water
What can they do? 
Stop using their water?
Send their water to those without?
Feel guilty for having fresh water when others do not?
NO...this will not do....
But what everyone can do is give...

Charity: Water is an organisation that is dedicated to bringing fresh water to the world's poorest who lack this basic human need. 

You can support their work by donating here...

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Humanity Explored - Issue No.3

 Humanity Explored is a series of articles designed to highlight some of the humanitarian news and issues around the world into bite sizes. It is published here weekly in order to raise awareness of the issues and start a conversation about them. Please feel free to comment with your thoughts and opinions and share the stories you have heard or the activities you are involved in that are helping make our world a better place.

Flash Floods in West Papua, Indonesia 
Google Map of Wasior, West Papua, Indonesia

Global Voices reported flash floods in Indonesia where 80 people died and many more are missing in Wasior. You can find the full report from the Indonesia Environmental Information Centre here.

UN Aid Worker kidnapped in Darfur, Sudan
The Development News Wire reposted this week that a UN Aid worker was kidnapped in Darfur. UNAMID is reported to have said on the 7th October that one of its civilian workers had been 'snatched' by armed men who had the residence of four civilian staff members. UNAMID spokesman Kemal Saiki was quoted by BBC as saying. “They tied up two of them and made away with the other two in a vehicle. One man escaped and the other is still missing.” The nationality of the kidnapped person has not been revealed. The abduction coincided with the visit of a U.N. Security Council delegation to the African nation. The delegation arrived Oct. 7 in Darfur for a four-day mission there. Saiki said the kidnapping was unrelated to the Security Council visit. The civilian aid worker has yet to be found. This story highlights that there is a lot of risk and sacrifice in being humane particularly for those who put themselves forward to go to foreign countries. It is all the more important that we support their work in the small ways that we can, by giving, by sharing information and getting involved in the conversation. 

10/10/10 Global Work party

This weekend is the Global Work Party on 10/10/10. The Global World Party is a day of practical action around the world to cut carbon emissions. It is being called 'A Day to Celebrate Climate Solutions' there is something that everyone can do to get involved! See the website for more details here. 

350 MOVEMENT 2009 Video

Friday, 8 October 2010

HIV / Aids Awareness

There are no obvious signs of HIV... 

Anyone can have it and not even know...

Normal people like you and me...

Don't be a victim, take control of your life before you lose it.

HIV / Aids has not gone away; it is still very much here and real...

And closer to home than you think!

Get tested...Live responsibly...You only get one life.

If you are sexually active you should get tested for STD's / STI's and HIV at least annually - Stay safe...

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