Blue Water Appeal Clean Drinking Water
Water Water everywhere but never a drop to drink” an old rhyme that’s been playing around in my mind. I received a phone call from my brother he was visiting Pakistan and had ventured into isolated villages many of which had suffered from the 2014 floods. These floods had cost almost 300 lives. The 12 foot deep waters destroyed entire villages and towns and to his dismay and now my dismay some charities had built Water Wells for the local communities but unfortunately after 3 not so long years they have fallen into disrepair as the villagers were unable to maintain them…damn what a waste. I thought..
I listened intently to his lamentations and then realized that like most charities we have missed a vital element and it’s partly due to providing a quick solution to an age old problem.
For example, Water Aid, Water Appeal and a host of other great causes including Humanity Gives Blue Water Appeal are all set up to provide quick easy access of clean drinking water to vulnerable communities, however this is all good and encouraging when we are referring to refugee camps, but is the same cause and effect applied to isolated rural villages? The answer is now becoming obvious to me and that’s a NO!!!
The Solution came to me after getting a KFC meal, I was famished and quickly took a mouthful of fries and it wasn’t after the second mouthful that this awful taste registered. I just had had a taste of fries without salt, KFC put small pouches of salt into the food bag, but I wasn’t aware of that. I spat out the fries and thought Fries without Salt, that’s almost as bad as Tea without sugar (well for me anyway)
That’s when I realized that certain things that go hand in hand such as chalk and cheese, the Sun and Moon,day, and night. I was beginning to get the picture?
Providing water on its own is half the solution for rural villages. The providence of Clean Drinking water. Doesn’t work either nor does Water Appeal on its own…or even dare I say it Blue Water Appeal… We can’t have water without food! It’s so simple.
Take some of the poorest countries in the world Malawi or Bangladesh. Now these countries are actually blessed with a large amount of rainfall. So why is there a prevalence of hunger??
I put the blame squarely with a need for a quick fix and obviously when lives are at stake there is no other option, but what off the long- term solutions?
We need to focus on food production where water becomes the secondary by product. There is a system of deep bed farming that is in development whereby farmers and rural villagers are taught another way of farming, where the idea is to catch the rainfall and damn the rainfall allowing it to seep back into the deep beds giving barren land the chance to recover and once again yield crops.
It is estimated that with this method the crop yield is increased by 30%.
Now I understand that the idea may not be fully understood here and it will take me a few more blogs before you dear reader understand exactly how deep bed farming works and how you can support Humanity Gives in our quest to get rid of hunger for once and for all and in turn provide clean fresh blue drinking water.