Thing have been busy back in village! I returned home from a training-packed weekend in Cotonou to cheering children and a dusty home-sweet-home. This past week was filled with games, planting the first seeds of my garden and a village mosquito net repair day. I'll share photos later!
Today, I want to talk about water! World Water Day is tomorrow, March 22nd. It's a great opportunity to think about your own water footprint. Maybe take a shorter shower, skip the car wash, turn off the water while brushing your teeth. Before joining the Peace Corps, I took water for granted. Now, since all the water I use has to be carried on my head back from the pump, I've become water frugal. Yes, I drink liters of water a day and shower more than I ever have in my life (averaging three times a day just to stay cool!), but water is a constant source of concern in my life.
In honor of world water day, I shared my concerns with a group of school children, to get their input on how water affects their everyday lives. We drew images of water related village activities and talked about how much time they spend fetching water. I visited all the local pumps, one of which was broken at the time, learning more about how water security impacts our lives. Take a moment to check out the short video below and consider supporting Peace Corps water related initiatives worldwide at donate.peacecorps.gov!!