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Travel Nurses With a Thirst for Caring, This Is for You


Over 1 billion people worldwide, that’s 1 in 6, are without access to clean water. Today, 4000 children will die from water related illnesses, that equates to over 1 million children each year, while 50% of the hospital beds on Earth are occupied by people with preventable waterborne diseases. These are just a few of the startling facts surrounding the fact that many around the world lack clean water.

Millions around the world are in need of clean waterI’m bringing this to your attention because as a traveling nurse, or any healthcare professional for that matter, you have the desire and passion for caring. Each day at the various facilities you work at you see many who need care from diseases and injuries that may or may not have been preventable. Millions around the world are in hospitals, (if they’re lucky enough) and are there simply because they drank water that is too dirty for human consumption. But what are they to do when their thirst is so great, they have no choice other than to drink the water that is unclean? This situation is certainly one that can be avoided.

[pullquote]Today, 4000 children will die from water related illnesses[/pullquote]

Clean water is a human right and the organization, WaterAid America is currently lobbying the UN to make it so. Until that day comes, there are other ways in which you can help this cause. The easiest way would be to donate directly to WaterAid America and pledge $30, which would provide one person clean water for a year. Of course, you are welcome to donate any amount you can… Every drop, so to speak, counts.

The organization is also co-hosting an online event titled, “Burden for Thirst,” which features photographs taken by award winning photographer, Lynn Johnson. The exhibit presents communities in the Oromia and Konso regions of Ethiopia that have reliable access to clean water for the first time in their lives thanks to WaterAid, along with dramatic images of women’s daily struggles to fetch water across barren l and scapes in Kenya and Tanzania. megree, which is a social media tool that is capable of showing how everyone in the world is connected, is hosting an exclusive online preview of “The Burden of Thirst.” You can purchase a photo from the exhibition or, make a donation to WaterAid on through October 18 to enter a drawing for the chance to win a signed photograph. The winner will be announced on October 20, 2010.

There are numerous causes out there and it can be overwhelming to think of all those who need help for various reasons. All we can do, is do our part. Take action, donate, tell other traveling nurses, start your own fundraising at the hospital you’re working at… With your help, we can provide clean water to one person, one village at a time.

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About the Author:

Patrick Fuerstenau here. Born in Kentucky, raised in Germany, landed in Nebraska and still here. I've been involved with Marketing and Advertising for over a decade. It all began with an internship at an ad agency in Omaha, followed by a 9 year stint as a graphic artist at the lone major newspaper in Omaha. A friend of mine told me about an opening at her company and said that it was the best gig she's ever had... So I decided to spread my proverbial wings and see what I could do for them and vice versa. So here I am at Medical Solutions as a Marketing Specialist for a great travel nursing company. This by far has been a major blessing in my life. I love the work I get to do just as much as I love the people who make up this fabulous company. I can see myself here for a long time... As long as they'll have me. Now that we've got the career timeline out of the way... Let me tell you a little about who I am. I am oh so passionate about the game of futbol! I've been playing soccer since the age of 8 and am still playing today. If I couldn't at least kick the ball around, I don't know what I would do with myself. I fear getting old. I also have a strong love for the arts... Music, Visual arts, Film, Design... pretty much anything and everything arty. I'm happy go lucky and am always looking to have a good time. Just ask my manager! And I love writing about travel nursing.

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  1. hi dropping by here to search some inspiration of my water aid campaign. hope i can write good article like you Mr.Fuerstenau. keep da spirit to blog 😉

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