|A village elder, he wanted me to take|
his picture in the village of Nayagaon,
he believes WaterAid can
make a difference
Way back in October 2012 I applied to take part in a trip to India with WaterAid as a water industry supporter, when I did I thought I knew what I was getting myself into. In November when I received the call to say that I had been selected I remember being so excited, I was over the moon and again thought I knew what I was getting myself into. From then until I set off just over two weeks ago for India I prepared myself, I got my head around the facts, I knew things would be tough, I knew children were dying, I knew people suffered and I knew this would be an experience of a lifetime. My heart and brain were ready for an emotional rollercoaster, or so I thought.
Everything I thought I knew was correct, but there was so much more, so much that I was unable to prepare for, so many mixed emotions, tears, laughter and learnings. Now that I am home and have been for just 8 days, I find myself reflecting back and processing everything I experienced, now I feel it is appropriate to share this reflection with you..... So here it is:
|So remote are some of the villages that roads, electricity,|
water and toilets have yet to reach them.
|Meet Ramu, she walks up to 5 hours a day|
to collect water for her family from a potentially
At times she carries 30 kilos or 66lb of water
on her head
I have talked in my blog about legacies and sustainability, it was very apparent from my time in the slums and villages that when they have been empowered, mobilised and educated, they take ownership, responsibility and action to ensure their lives and that of generations to come are improved. This surely a good thing and something I believe we can all support.
|This young boy and his family|
will suffer for 4 months
each due to preventable water
Village of Jonha
India has taken a place in my heart forever, the people that occupy this country are amazing and I am blessed, honoured and thankful to have met so many wonderful souls.
I would like to give thanks to my fellow WaterAid supporters who came on this journey with me, who I have not mentioned greatly throughout my blog, but would like to make clear that at times I would have found it very difficult to get through if it wasn't for their support, encouragement and understanding.
I encourage you as the reader of this blog to help make a difference in anyway you can; by supporting WaterAid, donating, sharing my blog or spreading my messages by word of mouth, whatever you do is a great deal better than doing nothing.
I am not writing this blog because I believe I can change the entire world, but at the time if writing this update my blog has received nearly 2,800 hits, for me that's making a difference, one reader at a time.
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|I struggle with my emotions in the slums|
meeting with people that have lost children
suffer regular illness and are forced to use
the streets as sewers.
Take care all and remember to appreciate all you have...