Because it’s a Crisis!!
Did you know?
The average North American uses more then 100 gallons of water each day, but the average person in the developing world uses less then 3. (UNDP/WSSCC )
There is no reason any child should suffer and die in the world from lack of safe, clean drinking water- Please join us to save the little forgotten ones in the world.
Every morning, eyes slowly open to another day without hope. Children are sick and weak, parents are heart broken, feeling helpless. There is constant struggle to find the most basic of human needs. From the depths of each soul, a cry of despair born from generations of poverty wells up and overflows in a slow flood of tears. It is a worldwide crisis and it stems from lack of safe drinking water.
Statistics say it all…..
1.8 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation. This amounts to around 4,000 child deaths each day…One child every 20 seconds. ( UNDP )
Nearly half of the world’s children live in poverty-invisible to most of us. ( UNICEF)
Almost 1 billion people in the world lacks access to safe drinking water, that’s one out of every eight of us. (WHO/UNICEF)
Water-related diseases caused by unsafe drinking water and inadequate sanitation remain humanity’s most serious public health threat, causing 80% of sicknesses in developing (WHO)
At any given time, half the population of the developing world is suffering from one or more of the main diseases associated with unsafe water and sanitation. (UNDP)
Water contributes to poverty alleviation in many ways- through sanitation services, water supply, affordable food and enhanced resilience of poor communities to disease, climate shocks and environmental degradation. ( 3rd UN World Water Development report, 2009)
Millions of women and children in the world spend many hours every day collecting water from miles away, most from polluted sources because they simply have no other choice. ( United Nations Human Development Report )
Less than 1% of the world’s fresh water ( or about .007% of all water on earth ) is readily accessable for direct human use. ( WHO )