Water Should Not Be A Privilege

By Eliza Breed, PWW Intern

I am very excited to start this internship with Pure Water for the World. As I begin, I acknowledge my
privilege as an individual who is able to access clean water, and I am excited to help reinforce the idea
that water should not be a privilege, but a human right.

I just finished my sophomore year at Boston University, where I am studying Health Science and
Psychology. Health Science is a broad major that focuses on biology, public health, and global
development. I am passionate about learning from the world and experiencing different cultures.
Through travel and studies, I understand that by providing equal opportunities, such as clean water,
everyone flourishes.

You have probably heard the word privilege recently. It has been used throughout social media, taught in
universities, and become a focus of celebrity and political platforms – but what is it and why is it

The Oxford Dictionary defines privilege as “A special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available
to a particular person or group of people.” Privilege can span a wide range of cultural aspects including
but not limited to gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, as well as educational attainment.
Privilege gives certain individuals an advantage and opportunities not available to others.

When we address the inequalities in the world, we begin to improve them. This is the foundation of the
Black Lives Matter movement, LGBT rights activism, and the root of feminism. Pure Water for the
World addresses the inequality of access to water in Haiti and Central America, and promotes the idea
that water is a human right.

Through this internship and my blog posts, I want to learn about what it means for a small
nongovernmental organization to make a difference in the world. I want to understand the impacts that
clean water has on a community, and I want to show others how important it is to acknowledge these
inequalities to begin to improve them!