WATER IS ALL AROUND US. WE SEE IT EVERYDAY.
WE TURN ON OUR TAPS AND WATCH IT EFFORTLESSLY FLOW DOWN OUR DRAINS.
WE CONSUME, CONSUME, CONSUME WITHOUT A SECOND THOUGHT.
Safe water is critical to life. Safe water changes lives. Safe water gives life. It is the cornerstone of a healthy and sustainable life.
But do we ever wonder where it comes from? Why is it so clean, clear and refreshing? What if one day it just stopped. What if the taps in your home didn’t work. What if the corner store down the street ran out of bottled water?
Every minute, a child dies of a water related disease. Through your efforts, World Vision is able to provide clean water to a new person every 30 seconds. But that’s not enough. By 2020, we hope to provide clean water to a new person every 10 seconds, and ultimately end the global water crisis.
What You Can Do
Learn. Advocate. Raise Awareness. Fundraise.
The most important first step is for you to understand the issue. Knowledge is power!
What’s the problem?
World Water Facts:
Around the world, 769 million people do not have access to clean water.
The water crisis is the #1 global risk based on its impact to society.
Women in rural areas of Africa have to walk on average 6KM to fetch water for their families. Children are also often forced to walk this distance, just to get water that is often unsafe to drink.
1 in 9 people lack access to safe water.
Dirty water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene due to a lack of clean water all lead to various water related diseases.
Every minute a child dies of a water-related disease.
Approximately 840,000 people die each year from water related diseases.
How do communities address these water issues?
Sustainability: Community water committees ensure local ownership and resources to keep the water flowing.
Wells: Deep wells, shallow wells, solar pumps; we tailor solutions to community needs
Hygiene: Education and tools like hand-washing stations teach crucial healthy habits.
Sanitation: Key solutions for health, such as latrines, accompany every water project.
Check out Worldvision.ca to learn more and understand the issue and the impact we have made so far!
You can also check out water.org and wvi.org for more information.
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