In many parts of the world, the lack of clean water is a devastating problem. About 4,000 children die every day, one every 8 seconds, because of the effects of unclean water. That means that at least 2 million people, mostly children, die every year from water-borne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, hepatitis and malaria. In most cases, these diseases would be preventable by having access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation. Join us in our support of clean water by learning more about what you and your school can do to make a difference by visiting the Charity Water website at www.charitywater.org. Did you know?
- About 1.2 billion people globally lack safe water to consume.
- About 2.6 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation.
- Just one toilet flush in the West uses more water than most Africans have to perform an entire day’s drinking, cooking, washing and cleaning.
- Women and children in water stressed countries walk 3-6 miles every day to fetch water for their families, which prevents them from pursuing an education, maintaining their households or earning additional income.
- More than ½ of the hospital beds in the developing world are occupied by people suffering from preventable diseases caused by unsafe water and inadequate sanitation.
- Dirty water poses a greater threat to human life than war or terrorism.
- Meeting the UN goal of reducing by half the percentage of people without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015 would cost about $4 billion a year for 10 years. That amount represents just one month’s spending on bottled mineral water in Europe and the US.