Thursday, November 19, 2009

Never underestimate the power of water

Water is something I like alot. I grew up in Norway, used to constant flow of water and electricity and all that. Living the sweet, comfortable life. Of course not knowing myself how well off I actually was. Until I experienced water shortages in Ghana. In Tanzania. After experiencing 5 days in a row without any water, while living in a student dorm in Tanzania, sharing 1 toilet with 7 girls. Or after days without water in Ghana, while sharing a toilet with a family of 5 + all their friends and neighbors. After taking a bath in bottled water, or after buying a bag of sachet water, cutting them up and pouring them in a bucket to later use it for bathing. Washing clothes with a deciliter of water cos you have to save. Waking up early and run down 7 floors to fill up all you have that can carry water from the water tank on campus before its empty. I could go on and on.

No matter how priviliged I was before, I HAVE LEARNED. Water is so basic. The presence of water decides how your day is gonna be. I love water. And it's a human right. And, it starts with W. The picture is from Tanzania, on an incredibly hot day.

5 comments:

My Bestfriend's Little Sister(MBLS) said...

Lord knows I can testify that water shortages are really no fun!

Ellen said...

And I can't believe u r using the water on practising ur wet t-shirt-routine ;p

Kine said...

amen!:)

Myne Whitman said...

Love this post and the pic too. Nice.

Nana Yaw Asiedu said...

For your 'random' alphabetical posts, this one is awesome. I just love water. I live in a part of Accra which has a constant flow of water. The traffic is bad and the electricity supply even worse. But, the water makes up for all that.