This graphic is from Living Water International
An American taking a 5-minute shower uses more water than a typical person in a developing country slums uses in a whole day. ~2006 United Nations Human Development Report
- In developing countries 80% of illness is linked to poor water conditions. ~United Nations
- ½ the World’s hospital beds are filled with people suffering from disease related to un-safe drinking water. ~United Nations Development Program
- 443 million school days are lost each year due to water related diseases. ~United Nations Development Program
- Girls under the age of 15 are twice as likely as boys their age to be the family member responsible for fetching water. ~UNICEF
- More than 1 in 8 people do not have access to safe drinking water. ~United Nations
- 1 out of every 5 deaths under the age of 5 is due to water-related disease. ~United Nations
Whether your life is comfortable or not, most citizens of the United States do not have to worry about clean water. Imagine not having enough clean water for your family. Imagine sending your young daughter away to gather the water for your family, opening the door for danger, taking time away from her education. Imagine watching your child suffer from a water-related illness. Imagine your children not being able to attend school due to lack of sanitation. These scenarios are difficult to imagine because we have not faced them and they are uncomfortable. These examples occur each and every day throughout the World. We can help ease the suffering of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
How can you help?
- Join in on World Water Day March 22, 2012
You can download a brochure here.
This brochure is a great resource for families to look at together.
- Be good stewards of the clean water resources we have.
Check out Clean Water Action
National Geographic has great photographs for families to view together.
- The options for giving or becoming involved in clean water initiatives around the World are vast here are links to just a few. Add additional programs that I might have missed in the comments section below.
- Many of the organizations cited in other posts have clean water initiatives as well.
- Talk to your family about clean water today at dinner. Educate your children. A thankful heart for what we have is priceless.