One of the most moving scenes I witnessed while in Rwanda, this past August was the children walking along the road to get water. Most of them carried the same bright yellow plastic container. From the time they are very small, this is the main task they learn.
The average distance that women in developing countries walk to collect water per day is four miles and the average weight that women carry on their heads is approximately 44 pounds.
The average American uses 176 gallons of water per day compared to 5 gallons of water the average African family uses each day.
What does this mean for each of us? God asks us to be good stewards of His creation. Simply being grateful the next time you turn on the faucet and receive clean water, is a good start. Let’s not waste this precious gift that God has given us, and even consider donating to a non-profit organization that provides clean water to poor countries.