Nora Pillard Reynolds, Vice President
Thirteen years ago, I traveled to Waslala, Nicaragua for the first time. At the time, I had no idea that this two week trip would fundamentally shift my personal and professional paths.
I arrived in Waslala with a group of friends ready to have fun together during the weeks following our college graduation. If I was interested in learning about any issue, it was education. When we had the chance to visit a few schools and chat with teachers, parents and children, they all redirected my attention away from education and in the direction of WATER! As I asked question about school attendance, curriculum and resources, teacher training and other topics, they continually told me that we couldn’t have that conversation until we talked about water. In other words, first things first!
Looking back, I have learned more about water than I ever imagined (or even realized there was to learn). I have seen firsthand the impact that water has on people’s daily lives. Today, we celebrate World Water Day in efforts to bring attention to an issue that affects our world in so many ways. The United Nations provides amazing resources to learn more about the world water crisis and its influence on all areas of sustainable development.
Our annual Walk for Water is always planned close to World Water Day and provides a tangible way to contribute to this international effort to end the world water crisis and ensure that every person has access to clean drinking water. What can you do today? Register to join us on April 12th for the Walk for Water or, if you can’t attend in person, sponsor a walker to show your support! Hope to see you there!