Nicole Wickenhauser – Huffington Post – Monday, 25 March 2013 (originally published 22 Mar)
If I really stop and think about it, water has been an important part of my life ever since my conception. Inside my mom’s womb, it was part of what nourished me. As I entered the world, it helped ensure a hygienic delivery. It was part of my baptism. It was a source of limitless childhood fun. As a young woman in Chicago, I spent a lot of time watching the lapping river. It was a centering force for me.
Today it defines my days. For the past six years, I have worked with Water.org, an international nonprofit working to end the global water crisis in our lifetime.
The good news: Women around the world are stepping up and taking charge, helping to secure safe water for their families and communities. I could talk for days about the women I have met, from India, to Bangladesh, to Ethiopia, who are overcoming tremendous challenges to achieve reliable access to safe water, as well as the hope and new opportunities that come with it. (Here is a short video that highlights a success story from India.) . . .