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During my time in Ethiopia, I met many people who rely on health care outposts like the one seen in the bottom two pictures here. Through these outposts, children and families get vaccines, diagnoses, and treatment for diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia.
But most of these families, and most of their health care facilities, don’t have regular access to clean water. When I asked people about their greatest needs, almost all of them—from the Women’s Health Army volunteers to children—cited clean water first.
More than 45 million Ethiopians live without clean water. I spoke to women who walk miles every other day with heavy jerrycans to get drinking water for their families. The people I met explained how lack of clean water is a health problem, a financial problem, and a family problem.
So for the next week nerdfighteria is teaming up with water.org to raise money to build sustainable wells so that more than 4,000 people in Ethiopia can have clean water. Please join me in donating—or, if you can’t, in spreading the word. Thanks, and DFTBA.
And in that moment, everybody in the theater let out a huge sigh of relief as they realized what had just happened; for the first time in forever there was no forced romance between the protagonists in an action movie.
The heavens finally answered the prayers of the people.
This was, no lie, one of my favorite scenes in the entire movie. I had been waiting the entire film for the Same Old Thing to happen between Raleigh and Mako, and I wouldn’t have been angry. The film had my heart at this point. It would have been disappointing, but not enraging. And they’re both there, and that seems to be what’s about to happen…
And then this. And it felt so, so much more real and warm and sweet and genuine and friendly and compassionate.
Also, when I showed my mother the movie, not only was she thrilled they didn’t kiss but she correctly pointed out that as a relationship resolution, a kiss would have been entirely unnecessary because they had been drifting. She much preferred this forehead-to-forehead touch for them looking for a physical confirmation that the other was okay; she pointed out that symbolically, brain to brain made much more sense than lips to lips ever would have.