NO that is NOT Coffee!

In all of my years of life, I have never had to live a day without clean water.

But that is exactly what happened to me the other day.

I woke up just like I do every other day – half asleep and heading for the coffee pot.

I turned on the water faucet and received nothing but air.

In disbelief, I tried again and again with the same result dead air – not even a dribble of water!

I quickly realized that this was how my life was going to start today – There would be no shower, no face washing, to toothbrushing, and this was really bad – NO COFFEE!!

I whined a little bit okay make that a LOT while I dressed, threw my toothbrush in my purse, and headed for work, stopping along the way at McDonald’s for breakfast and a nice hot cup of coffee!

A little while later while comfortably at my desk with freshly brushed teeth, and a hot cup of coffee in my hand I received a call from the water department informing me that during the night there had been a water main break but that now our water at home was back on and safe for bathing in.  They also said for the next 24 hours we were under a boil order for water used for drinking and cooking.

A few hours later I arrived home from work with the plan of taking that shower I had missed that morning on my mind but when I turned on the water I discovered that our water was now a nice muddy shade of brown!

Quickly deciding that shower would probably make me feel dirtier than I already felt that plan soon ended along with the decision that no amount of boiling in the world would make me feel comfortable to use the water coming out of my faucets for toothbrushing, cooking, or drinking! I also had mountains of laundry to do but figured my clothes would turn brown so that was also out today!

Brown water is not something that I am used to seeing coming out of my faucets and I bet you aren’t either.

Did you know that there are places where it is normal to have dirty water every day?

Did you know there are places where life is so poverty ridden that people walk for miles to get water… dirty water… and they carry it home and then they bathe in it and drink it?

Did you know that one of the most critical needs in the fight against poverty around the world is the need for clean water?

Did you know that every 15 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease?

Did you know that 4000 children die every day from easily preventable diseases?

Did you know that clean water helps children stay healthy and active in school so that they can focus on overcoming poverty?

Click here and check out these water facts -> water facts

For me, a day without water or dirty water is a once or twice in a lifetime occurrence so it’s hard for me to fathom that 35 percent of the world’s population does not have clean water EVERY – SINGLE – DAY! 

People shouldn’t have to go without clean water and WE can help to fix this problem. 

Would you please consider helping by going to Compassion International’s website to find out what you can do to help provide clean water?

Here is the link -> Clean Water for Life

For me, one day without clean water seemed like such a big deal and I still had access to ways to get what I needed.

Imagine if this were your life every single day…  no possible way to get the clean water you need so you have to give the glass of water pictured here to your children?!

Thankfully there is a solution and you can help make that solution happen!


Water of Life – 12 Days of Giving Christmas Away

Did you know that every day hundreds of children get sick from drinking water?

And did you know that every 15 minutes a child dies from water related diseases?

The video below shows Fiona, a little girl in Rwanda collecting water for her family.  The water her family drinks looks like nothing I have ever had to drink and I could never imagine what it would be like to have to give dirty water to my children to drink.

You know we can do something to help families like Fiona’s to have clean water.

For today’s 12 days of Giving Christmas Away gift I would like to share with you the opportunity to help children like Fiona. For just $79 you can give the gift of a safe water filtration system, which will give a family clean drinking water for a whole lifetime!

Just click this picture for more information


Have a great day!

Terri Siebert