November 26, 2021

On today's show, Adrian and Ethan continue their discussion about water...the essential element of life.

Globally, unsafe water kills more people every year than violence, including war. Children are the worst affected because they don’t have the resilience to fight water borne illness.

When water is unsafe and sanitation non-existent, water can kill. Globally, waterborne illnesses are a leading cause of death for children under five, killing nearly 1,000 children every day.

Infants and young children are especially susceptible to diseases because their immune systems are experiencing everything for the first time. Even in developed countries, lots of moms boil water before giving it to their children - just to be doubly safe.

For girls, the situation is especially troublesome. If schools do not have proper toilets, girls drop out once they reach puberty. Everyday, women and young girls carry more than 40 pounds of dirty water from sources over 4 miles away from their homes. This leaves little time for education which is critical to changing the long-term prospects of developing nations.

And this brings us to the second part of an earlier interview we did with Just One Africa...

Student Volunteers Sort, Organize and String Paper Beads
Student Volunteers Sort, Organize and String Paper Beads

Just One Africa cares for orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya by providing access to clean water and by partnering with local leaders to provide sustainable solutions which create hope through care, education, and community development. @JustOneAfrica

Kenya is slightly smaller than the state of Texas and yet it is brimming with 44 million people with no consistent access to clean, safe water. Just One Africa Our provides filters designed after the technology used in kidney dialysis. The gravity-operated filter and fast flow rate mean that anyone anywhere can have clean water in a matter of seconds. The filter is provided with everything they need to turn any water source into clean, safe drinking water for their families.

Their programs are carried out through partnerships they have developed with local leaders in the community.

Bev had the opportunity to sit down with Amy Churchill, the Director of Operations at Just One Africa. Today we bring you the second part of that interview.

Chris and his little brother pack blankets for local kids
Chris and his little brother pack blankets for local kids

We can always count on kids to see the issues and set out to make a difference. We’ll be taking a look at the leaders of Giving Tuesday Spark over the next few shows.

Chris “C.J.” Matthews, Age 13, Atlanta, GA

Chris L. Matthews, II aka C.J. realized his calling to service at an early age. When he was five years old, his family experienced a pregnancy loss and Chris struggled with losing his unborn sister, Karsen Angelica.

Chris never wanted any child to feel loneliness, a feeling that frequented his little heart when the baby did not come home. To help him to cope, his mother set up a GoFundMe campaign and asked friends and family members across the country to donate money for Chris’ cause. They created Blankies 4 My Buddies, and for seven years now, Chris has been collecting warm blankets to provide an extra dose of comfort to kids who are sick or displaced. @Blankies4MyBuddies

C.J. is another Giving Tuesday Spark Leader.