As a desert dweller, I know water is a precious resource. A resource I believe most Americans take for granted. Many people don’t have that luxury. There are 800 MILLION people worldwide who do not have clean, safe drinking water. And 2.5 BILLION people don’t have a safe place to use the bathroom. Water is essential to life; Clean water and safe sanitation is essential to thrive.
The lack of safe drinking water and sanitation has many effects.
- 2,000 children (many under the age of 5) die every day from easily preventable diarrheal diseases.
- Sick children don’t attend school.
- Many kids (often girls) are responsible for collecting their families water, toting heavy containers for miles.
- Women are unable to work if they are caring for sick kids.
- Without private bathroom facilities, many girls drop out of school when they reach puberty.
WaterAid is trying to do something about it.
Founded in 1981, WaterAid transforms lives by helping the world’s poorest people gain access to safe water and sanitation. Together with local organizations, communities and individuals, WaterAid uses affordable and locally appropriate solutions to provide safe water, effective sanitation and hygiene education to people in developing countries. WaterAid has programs in 27 countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific region and Central America, and offices in the US, the UK, Australia and Sweden.
With easier accesible water and santitation facilities people’s lives improve greatly. Clean water means less sick kids and more school days. It means better crops and improved nutrition. Clean water means a better life!
You Can Give Clean Water and Safe Sanitation
Donate just $25 and you can help one person gain access to clean water and safe sanitation for like.
This is not a compensated post. I wrote this post as part of the Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of Mom Bloggers for Social Good members who focus on maternal health, children, hunger, and women and girls. Thank you for supporting me as I spread social good. The photo, information and video provided by WaterAid.