More than 1.1 billion people do not have adequate access to water. 1 in 10 people are unable to access clean water and 1 in 3 people do not have access to running toilets. To put it into perspective more people in the world have mobile phones than they do access to clean water. This is a global epidemic and even affects people in first world countries as well. In the 21st century all people should have access to clean, safe water, a necessity to be able to survive and live.
Effects of Inadequate Access
Often it can be easy to take advantage of the fact that running water is readily available out of a faucet or able to be purchased at a local grocery store 2 minutes away. For many, getting clean water requires miles of walking multiple times per day. Women, specifically, are the ones who are in charge of collecting clean water, spending hours during the day doing so. This pulls many girls out of school and limits their education. Not having access to clean water kills more people every year than war. 1.8 million children every year die from illness related to not drinking clean water. In addition, illness related to not drinking clean water contributes to poverty even more by not being able to work, needing health care, productivity losses. 12% of the world uses 85% of the water in the world.
Access to clean water can change people’s lives dramatically. A community would no longer have to search for basic needs but instead be able to have more productivity, when they get water they can focus on business and development, growing food, taking care of their health, and much more.
How You Can Help
There are many clean water charities to give to that help to provide clean water access and education to a community. It funds anything from wells, catching rain, building a pump, to clean water transportation. 25$ donation can change a person’s life. In addition, education on the importance of hygiene and health care is taken as well so that the community can thrive.
Water access can improve a community’s quality of life tremendously allowing education, less sickness, and also increased productivity and economic growth.