The facts can unnerve or depress you… or they can enlighten you and empower you. When we look at the staggering effects of unsafe water on the children and adults of the world, it ought to ‘get you out of your chair’.
Here are just a few facts to motivate you:
- Approximately one billion people lack access to safe water
- 3.575 million people die each year from water-related disease (1 person every 8 seconds)
- 84% of water-related deaths are in children under 14
- 1.5 million children die each year from diarrhea, more than AIDS, malaria and measles combined.
- The water crisis claims many more lives through disease than through war (e.g., 19 times more in 2008)
Have these figures motivated you yet? Well, this next one should make all Americans stop and think.
An American taking a 5-minute shower uses more water than a typical person in a developing country uses in an entire day
How blessed are we to have natural resources and modern systems that allow us to enjoy such abundance. What we take for granted here is part of a daily struggle for survival in other parts of the world, like the Dominican Republic.
Now for the ‘Good News’!
Luckily, there are great opportunities for those that want to help! There are so many wonderful water initiatives that are working around the world to change the ‘landscape’. You can get involved, give of your time and your resources to any number of them. And many of these water initiatives allow you to work locally to contribute globally.
If you don’t yet have a clean water initiative that you currently support, Water@Work would love to help you set up a clean water initiative in your church, school or community, in order to help those less able to help themselves.