Water for Life: Give the gift of clean water!

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

In Singapore, we are fortunate to be able to have drinking water straight from the tap, but in a lot of other countries, clean water is not so readily available. Water is essential for life, and especially in young children whose digestive tracts and immune systems are still vulnerable to bacteria, the lack of clean water can pose dire consequences to their well-being.

When we were in Indonesia for a family holiday last month, I was cautioned by my Mum and relatives about ensuring that we don't drink directly from the tap, and that all of BabyMoo's feeding paraphernalia has to be washed in boiled water or the sterilised water from the dispenser. Most homes have a water dispenser, and any drinking water or water used in cooking is sourced from there.

In many remote areas in Indonesia, clean water is considered an expense that many families are ill able to afford. When we came across this Water for Life initiative, I knew that I had to do my part in not only giving the gift of water to the children in these areas, but to raise awareness for this cause.

Metro for Children, together with Pioneer Junior College, is raising funds for the Water for Life (Lamongan) project by the Singapore International Foundation. This project aims to provide clean drinking water for 50,000 children and adults in Lamongan, Indonesia through the installation of 150 membrane water filters over 3 years.

The donation booth at Metro Paragon, manned by a savvy and very personable student from Pioneer Junior College.
You can donate toward the cause either in-store, or online.
We agree. There is no reason why children have to fall sick due to the lack of awareness or hygiene issues. These are the things which we can control.

Please click image above for ways that you can help!
Give the gift of water now. It's a precious gift which can hardly be measured, and let's do what we can to ensure that these children are able to have a carefree and healthy childhood.

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  1. Great message and thanks for sharing this. Wishing you and your family a very Happy New year!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka
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  2. Clean drinking water is indeed a big problem here in Indonesia. In my place water supplies from the government only runs for three hours in the morning and again in the evening. Most houses here use a big water tank to collect clean water so when the water supply is off we still have some water to use. Certainly in cities we don't drink water from the tap anymore and very much rely on bottled water. But in villages and remote areas clean water is hard to find. And this sometimes makes me furious. I mean 70% of Indonesia region is water. Yes it's the ocean but it's water! We have stayed in two desert countries and never had one experience of no potable water. Can you see the irony?

  3. What an important message. It's easy to take clean drinking water for granted - I know I do. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I gave vouchers/donations for a Fijian charity to our relatives for Christmas. It felt good giving something like that. I am very guiltyof taking stuff for granted.

  5. A great cause
    I gave World Vision gifts for Christmas - seeds, goat, mosie net and school pack.
    Water is precious we have had only 50mm of rain in 4 months but we are fortunate we have access to clean water to drink, our dams are fast emptying.



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