As a member of the She Speaks Community, this issue was brought to my attention. I
t’s sad that in 2009, heading to 2010, there are people who don’t have access to clean drinking water.
There is a charity called: Charity. Water.
That is doing something about this.
Here are some simple facts:
Since the inception in August 2006, charity: water has funded over 1,549 freshwater projects in 16 different countries, serving over 820,675 people.
Just $20 can give one person clean, safe drinking water for 20 years.
charity: water proves each water project, connecting donors here with the people they’ve helped in developing nations.
Using GPS technology, photography, video and the Internet, charity: water proves all work done in the field, telling stories of communities changed by clean and safe drinking water.
Almost a billion people don’t have that same luxury.
Think about this: this week alone, 42,000 people will die from diseases related to poor drinking water.
90 percent of them will be children under 5 years old.
I look at my daughter and think about what it would be like to have to give her dirty water to drink.
I wouldn’t even want to bathe her in dirty water, and these children have no choice but to drink it every single day of their lives.
Another tragedy is that these mothers and children may have to walk miles to get the contaminated water.
I didn’t know before today that 80 percent of illnesses on the planet are related to dirty water and lack of basic sanitation.
I didn’t realize how many people this affected.