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1 April 2014
Have you heard about the Tap Project?
It's an ingenious idea. UNICEF is working to help the 768 million people around the world without access to clean water. This year you can help by taking a challenge to give up access to something far less vital than wateryour cell phone.
You are challenged to give up your cell phone. You register your cell phone, put it down and don't touch it, for as long as you can go. For each 10 minutes you don't touch your phone, you can give a day's fresh water to someone without access to it.
I don't know how it works and who the people are who are supplying the funds to bring fresh water to people in need, but I thought...what the heck. I have a cell phone that goes for days at a time without being used for anything important. As of the last moment I checked, people participating in the project have donated the equivalent of 4.5 years of clean water
It does mean not only no phone calls or text messages, but no selfies, no Instagram, no Word with Friends. I can do without that for a day or so to bring fresh water to people without it.
Almost every profile I read of children waiting for Compassion sponsors includes among their household chores "carrying water." Some of my sponsored children carry water over a mile twice a day so that their families can have water to cook with and wash with...and those water sources are not necessarily safe water sources.
The farthest I carry water is when I fill a pint sized glass and carry it all. the. way. across the family room to the recliner, where I drink it while I watch television.
Many of the daily blog entries for Compassion concern water.
I figure if I can do anything to help, if it means giving up Word with Friends or Selfies for a day or so, that's not so bad.
I first started the app running and within 2 hours, my battery had died...apparently the phone needs to be running all the time. So I plugged it in and it has been going for more than 13 hours now, which is nearly 80 days of fresh water. I don't know how long I'll stay connected to the Tap site, but even if it's only for one day, when I sit down and drink my pint of fresh bottled ice water, I won't feel quite so guilty about the walk my sponsored children are making to bring water to their homes tomorrow.
If you feel you can go without touching your cell phone for
10...20...30 minutes...an hour or more, I urge you to check out The Tap Project and see how many days you can provide
for children in countries without the access to water that we have.
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