many of us have been practicing a Lenten discipline where we abstain from all beverages except water. we have been setting aside the money we might have spent on tea/coffee/beer/wine/milk/coke/etc. and collecting it to sponsor a clean water project in Uganda (Uganda was chosen because we have some friends in that country through the trip Billy and James went on).
the organization is called Water Aid and here's a link to information about their work in Uganda.
It's also a nice coincidence that this Wednesday, March 22nd is World Water Day.
here's the scoop...
In 1992, the UN General Assembly designated March 22 as World Water Day to draw international attention to the critical lack of clean, safe drinking water worldwide. It is a time when we are encouraged to pause and consider the largest public health issue of our time - the global scarcity of clean water.
The facts are mind boggling. More than 1 billion people world wide - 20% of the planet's entire human population - lack access to clean, safe drinking water. According to the United Nations, this world water crisis leads to the death of more than 4,500 children every day and is a leading cause of poverty, disease, and social instability world wide.