Jan 26, 2010

Clean Water from Causelife

by Emily DeFosse

Water brings life to the planet.

Water quenches thirst, entertains and cleanses. Seventy-one percent of the earth, 60 percent of the human body, 70 percent of the lungs and 90 percent of the brain are made up of water, according to the book “Causelife.”

Water can also end life on the planet.

Six thousand children die daily from diarrheal diseases and malaria because they lack clean water, according to the UNICEF Web site. This means approximately 2,190,000 children die every year from water-related health problems.

Life without water is hard to fathom. In America, clean water flows from faucets, showerheads and fountains in abundance. Vending machines filled with the clean, clear liquid are conveniently located in most public places at a personal expense of a mere $1.25 a bottle.

Children in developing countries pay a much greater cost for water — often the cost is their lives.

Bashira lives in an African village of about 1,000 people, according to Causelife. Bashira walks four miles every morning, which takes her two hours. She finally arrives at a small pond of greenish-brown water where two cows cool off in the water and animal feces line the edge of the pond.

Bashira and other women and children from the village fill cans with this water and begin the four-mile trip home carrying cans weighing 40 pounds each.

Bashira, like many children in her village, has no hope in life. The children wake up, get water, eat and sleep. They have no time for education, dreams or hope. They live for survival, and the water they spend their lives fetching so they can stay alive is so full of bacteria it ultimately kills them, often before their fifth birthday, according to Causelife.

World Help, an organization founded by Liberty University alumnus Vernon Brewer, created Causelife to combat the issue and bring clean water to the millions of people around the world who do not even know water should be clear.

Brewer and his daughter Noel Brewer Yeatts wrote the book “Causelife” to bring awareness to the issue and involve others in the Causelife mission.

Communications Director Rusty Goodwin, another Liberty alumnus, began working at World Help in September.

“Because of the dirty water, there is so much bacteria and pathogens it prevents (Antiretroviral (ARV) medicine, vitamins and foods) we are sending over from doing any good,” Goodwin said.
Causelife aims to help people in these villages utilize water that is not only closer, but healthier.

“(Causelife) changes people’s lives because it speaks to every level of their lives,” Goodwin said. “If you give somebody a Bible, that’s important, but they may not understand the need for it. There isn’t anybody in the world who does not understand that they need water.”

So far World Help has dug about 60 wells, according to Goodwin. Twenty of those are from the new Causelife project.

Many Liberty students are indirectly involved by going on a spring break trip to Uganda with World Help.

“There are 50 students and a half dozen leaders traveling to Kampala and Gulu, Uganda over spring break,” Vice President of Executive Projects and Campus Pastor Johnnie Moore said. “The trip will be led, among others, by myself and Vernon Brewer.”
The women’s ministry at Thomas Road Baptist Church is also planning a trip to Guatemala. Sophomore Lauren Richard is one student who will be on the Guatemala trip.

“I think (Causelife) is amazing,” Richard said. “I can’t wait to see the look on (children’s) faces when they get to experience something clean and fresh that will not harm them.”

Goodwin believes this is a great cause for students to get involved in.

“I’m around (the students) enough to know they like being a part of something where they feel like they are significant,” Goodwin said. “Its not like the old days where the pastor said ‘Please write a check,’ and we would do it blindly, they want to know what they are doing matters — this matters.”

To donate to Causelife, visit their Web site, causelife.org, join their cause on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Contact Emily DeFosse at
ebdefosse@liberty.edu.


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