I want to start by giving a big thank you to People Water for featuring all1story on their site today. You can find the post here: https://www.peoplewater.com/blog.html
“Water Warriors” was written to highlight the incredible work the individuals at People Water do and how they embrace the idea that “the stories are all one” by going out there and helping people suffering from water crises around the globe. People helping people. That’s what it’s all about.
3.575 million people die each year from water-related diseases.
Many people have to make the decision every day to fill their bodies with poison in order to stay alive. Their choice is this: either die from contaminated water and disease or die from lack of a substance which is essential for survival. They must choose to either go to war with their bodies or to surrender. Each time they drink the contaminated water it is as if they are placing grenades throughout their entire body: ticking time bombs that can go off at any second and destroy everything. Who knows what kind of bacteria lies in each sip. It is all chance. A game of Russian roulette. “This sip may be the death of me but if I don’t take it I will inevitably die of dehydration.” How do you make a decision like that? It is a constant battle.
War tears people apart, right? And yet, it also unites people: countries join with others to aid them in their cause. The same goes for the fight for clean water. If we are all connected and our stories are all one, then the battle that these people go through every day is ours to fight as well.
all1story is all about the interconnectedness of people. I recently read a novel called Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter and happened upon this quote which I thought went well with the foundation of all1story as well as that of People Water:
“Stories are people. I’m a story, you’re a story…your father is a story. Our stories go in every direction, but sometimes, if we’re lucky, our stories join into one, and for a while, we’re less alone.”
Just as all streams and rivers which span the globe like veins, going in millions of different directions, eventually lead to the ocean, all stories, despite their origins, inevitably join into one and when they do so they create something so vast, so incredible that it is impossible to be lonely. We are all together in this fight. Water connects people. Stories connect people. People are stories. People are water. You do the math. The possibilities are endless.
My favorite? People=Water and Water connects People therefore People connect People.
This is what People Water is all about. People Water is a company based on the simple idea that the easier it is for people to help each other the more they’ll do it.
Their “drop for drop” initiative is that “For every bottle purchased People Water will give an equal amount of clean water to a person in need.” And here’s their reason for starting drop for drop: “Because we are committed to tackling the global water crisis. Committed to making a difference. Committed to changing the world. One bottle at a time. One person at a time. One drop at a time. Until the one billion people on our planet who lack access to clean drinking water, can stop suffering. and start living.”
Check out this video about People Water’s recent trip to Haiti:
People Water went to Haiti for the people. It’s not about numbers for them. They know that in the end, the stories are all one. It’s not about the number of wells they build or pumps they fix, but rather about the whole picture: the idea that these are people just like us and they deserve the chance at a happy ending too.
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Me with my commitment coin bracelet. Description: “This bracelet represents our commitment to helping solve the world water crisis. It represents that together we can change the world. One clean water project at a time, one person at a time. This is our mission. The roman numerals on the back of the coin shows you that our goal is to finish 500 wells on all 7 continents by 2015. With your help we believe this is possible.”
You can purchase one here:
Please also check out all the other cool stuff People Water offers so that together we can add pages to the stories of people around the world.