Archive for Water

Water from the same Source

yanomami_tribe“Do you see the light now?” the Xapori (shamans) of the Yanomami tribe were asking those being initiated after a night passed in purification and preparation. “Do you see the light?” they insisted, as they prayed and sand and danced, their bodies painted and their head adorned with the white plumes of the Royal Eagle. They were seeing tiny brilliant lights descending from heaven, floating like little white feathers which spoke to them.

Is water the new oil?

x20150320_1water.jpg,qitok=P4R0eWPS.pagespeed.ic.ZKA50pVthhIt’s not often that a James Bond film comes close to reality, but Ken Homan SJ saw a glimmer of truth in a storyline about political tensions over a water supply.  For World Water Day on 22 March, he assesses the global crisis of overconsumption of water and highlights the urgency of a faith response to the challenges that we face.

Through Service, Education and Advocacy, Jesuits Honor World Water Day

Ingredion-dialogue_23Fr. Santos Rugel Rivera, SJ (Peru), Nick Napolitano, Keith Vernon and Fr. Winston Rye, SJ (English Canada) pause for a picture outside the corporate headquarters of Ingredion located in Westchester, Illinois prior to a shareholder dialogue with the company on their agricultural business model and the human right to water.

Sunday, March 22, marks World Water Day, a day celebrated annually since 1993 by the United Nations to raise awareness of unequal access to accessible, clean water for consumption, sanitation and daily use. The focus for World Water Day 2015, reflected in the UN World Water Development Report which will be released on March 22, is Water and Sustainable Development.

A Global Challenge: Clean Water

HondurasWater is a fundamental source of life. Yet, 780 million people currently lack access to clean water. This poor access causes millions of deaths and debilitates economic production. Lack of clean water is also a gender-equity issue because women often bear the burdens of finding clean water, which leaves women little opportunity to do anything else. Providing clean water is a public health, economic, and social justice issue. We need leaders willing to address this issue. Are you in?

A public health education at Saint Louis University is a good place to start. SLU public health students recently traveled to Honduras to assist the water infrastructure in the region. Students helped to build a well for a local community during this trip. The community at the College for Public Health & Social Justice is committed to addressing disparities wherever they are found and to developing innovative ways to make life better for others.