Clean Water For All
In the US clean safe water is taken for granted and the average person uses over 570 liters of water a day! Compare this to a world where 768 million people do not have access to clean safe water, which is one in ten people. People have to walk miles just to get water from a dirty pond, if not rely on expensive water vendors. Women in Africa and Asia often carry water on their heads weighing 20kg (44lbs) (UNDP: Human Development Report, 2006) and spend hours a week fetching this basic necessity for the household, oftentimes children are involved in this endeavor too. Time and energy spent on fetching water negatively impacts people’s life in other areas like earning potential and education in the case of children. On top of everything else, unsafe drinking water results in water-borne disease killing 2000 children a day.
Thankfully, organizations like WaterAid are trying to tackle this problem and last year they were able to provide 1.7 million people with safe water, please help bring clean water to children around the world, help fundraiser for this cause and donate at: http://www.wateraid.org These guys are doing an incredible job!
Also, we in the need to make an effort to not waste water and help in water conservation, but that’s a topic for another blog.