One of my favorite quotes ever is by the ever-hopeful and inspiring Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
The quote goes, “When I was a boy and would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
When I think about this in the context of the Global Water Crisis, I am reminded that, sometimes, the task of providing clean water to the whole world is a bit daunting. I mean, 1.8 billion people still don’t have a basic human right. Unsafe water makes them sick, prevents them from fulfilling their full potential, and the process of fetching unsafe water soaks up so much of their time and energy.
Yet, I am also reminded that we can look for the helpers. There are so many organizations in the water sector that are helping change the lives of people in the developing world through clean water. There are so many individuals who through their work, donations, time, and creativity are helping. Then, there is the most important factor: community members in the developing world who not only bring clean water to their communities but help keep water stores running year after year.
In 2018, we wrote a few blogs on people in the communities we help serve that are particularly inspiring. We talked about Merce (link), a woman who left her home at age 19 to help single, working mothers in the DR have a place to take their children during the day. Also, Pastor Julio, a man who helped not only bring clean water to his community, but also helped bring much needed electricity to his community, as well. Padre Keiter is another community leader we profiled, and we talked about how he is helping mend the relationship between Protestants and Catholics through clean water.
These are just a few of the incredible people who are a part of this mission. The employees that work in the U.S. for Healing Waters are making a difference every day. Irene, one of our engineers, tirelessly innovates our water systems to make sure they have the best potential to serve people. John, our VP of Operations, communicates with donors and keeps our fundraising on track. Rob, our CEO, supports the staff, meets with donors, and makes sure the organization runs smoothly. These are just a few of our incredible staff members. . .they are the helpers.
In 2019, will you choose to look for those around you who are making a difference? Will you seek joy in the midst of pain? Will you practice positivity in the face of discouragement? Will you be a helper? If you want to get involved in the work we are doing, you can! Whatever phase of life you are in, wherever you are financially. . .you can play a role! You can be the helper that others are looking for in 2019!