In exploring the www.water.org website, a non-profit organization founded by Matt Damon and Gary White that provides access to safe water and sanitation, I found this fact shocking: the water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.
After reading this, it really put things in perspective. For the most part, it isn’t difficult for most Americans to obtain clean drinking water–this is certainly not the case for many people, and something we too often take for granted. As it is a new year, perhaps some of the readers of this blog may have made such resolutions to make a difference in the world, help others, etc. and I hope others will consider doing something about the water sanitation world issue.
Helping out is easy: make a direct impact by involving your friends online; your voice has the power to make a difference–signup and spread the message online; follow a community to see firsthand as projects unfold in realtime with live updates; donate time and/or money; there is no shortage of was you can help out!
Here are some other facts to think about
- Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness.
- Women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water.
- 884 million people lack access to safe water supplies; approximately one in eight people.
- 3.575 million people die each year from water-related disease.