Could you live on 30 litres of water a day?
by Melissa Ekdom-Delorme
Saturday evening I spent reconfiguring my toilet to a 4L flush and filling small bottles and jugs of water carefully portioned for drinking and cleaning. I was preparing for our Sunday challenge to live on 30 litres of water for a day.
Thirty litres is the amount of water available per person per day at Syrian refugee camp Za’atari in Jordan. Oxfam is providing water tanks, shower, toilet and laundry blocks at the camp where more than 100,000 Syrians have taken refuge from conflict.
I estimated how my husband, Michael, and our daughter and I could ration 30 litres: no more than four flushes, no shower, no laundry, and no dishwasher. We had big backyard plans for the warm day ahead. But knowing how two-year-old Lily loves to dig in the dirt, how sweaty we’d get after hours in the sun, the potty training … suddenly I wasn’t so keen!
Outdoors for the evening:
I think of all the women, men, boys and girls fleeing their homes for safety. I think of the burden of fear and uncertainty that rests on their shoulders. In those crises, Oxfam helps save lives and ensure dignity by providing basic assistance like access to clean water. But sometimes it’s a struggle to get even 30L of water to those who need it most.
You can help keep the taps flowing for Syrian refugees.
Try the 30L challenge yourself and spread the word to raise awareness and funds.
Melissa Ekdom-Delorme works in Oxfam Canada’s humanitarian unit.