It all starts with a well

This year’s Blog Action Day theme is “water.” If you are reading my blog in Japan, you’ll notice that the date has actually passed, but thanks to the beauty of time zones, it’s still October 15th somewhere.

I couldn’t pass up a chance to talk about water, and the difference it can make for education.

You see, with a well, a mother doesn’t have to keep her children at home just so that they can help grow enough food to feed the family. Children don’t have to spend most of their day traveling to and from a miles-distant well in order to collect enough water for their garden and family needs.

With a well, the mother can grow more, and better fruits and vegetables. In fact, it’s possible to grow enough extra produce that she can sell some at market. With the extra money, the mother can afford to send her children to school. Because they no longer have to spend the day collecting water, the children can go to school. And with education, the possibilities become even greater.

It all starts with a well.

The Blog Action home page has a link for a petition you can sign to show your support for efforts to provide clean water for all of our world’s citizens. There are also links to organizations you can support.

One of my favorite charities is Hope International Development Agency (Japan) because I know the people involved with the group, and know that they make my money go much further than I ever imagined. They build a lot of wells.

Students are forming Hope Clubs in their schools to raise money for wells (and disaster relief, and other things, of course!). Students are learning that they can affect the world in a positive way. (If your school might be interested in forming a Hope Club, please contact Chuck Sandy or Erin Sakakibara at

Cengage Learning has even joined the effort, organizing a charity evening of pecha kucha presentations during JALT 2010, with all of the proceeds going to Hope.

With a little help from a lot of people, we can make sure that everyone enjoys the access to clean water that most of us take for granted.

It all starts with a well.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

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  1. October 16, 2010

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