A lot of stories about having a baby are heartwarming. Hers is tragic.
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This is Aisha Mkude.

She has three daughters and was excited to learn she was having a son. The birth went well and she was feeling great ... but then her baby got sick.


Why did her baby get sick?

There hadn't been enough water at the clinic when Aisha gave birth, so they had to wash her baby in water from a local river.

I'll say that again: There was no clean water to wash her newborn in.

A week later, Aisha went through the worst thing that can happen to a parent. Her story is incredibly sad, but it needs to be heard.

More than 1,400 children a day — that's one every minute — die from water-related diseases. In the time it took to watch this video, two children died. That's horrifying and unacceptable.

The silver lining? We know the solution for this, and it's pretty simple: access to clean water. For all.

Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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