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Globally, the water crisis claims about 3.4 Million lives every year. That's 3.4 Million people who won't be able to smile, love, and live in this beautiful world because they didn't have access to something we all believe is basic right - water. Being fortunate enough to never have experienced this problem for ourselves, we are the ones who have the best means to offer a solution. The water crisis affects ALL of us, not just the people who don't have water, because it's more than just about getting clean water - it's about saving humanity.
The Water Crisis
By the numbers
2.1 Billion people, globally, don't have access to safe water at home
Every location has a unique story that fits into the larger picture of the water crisis. Below are some of these stories.
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The Sanitation Problem
Poor sanitation is a huge risk to water safety
Poor Sanitation is one of the biggest barriers in giving a community clean drinking water. Many water borne disease originate when personal hygiene and sanitation is lacking.
In the end,
The water crisis is a
Water is the foundation for basic life. Without clean drinking water, society and humanity suffers.
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Disease & Sickness
Disease and Sickness
- About 850 Million people lack basic drinking-water systems (WHO).
- Globally, about 2 Billion people have their water source contaminated by human/animal waste (WHO).
- Contaminated Water is the source of many diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio. Each year about 1/2 Million people die from diarrhea related deaths (WHO).
- About 250 Million people are affected by schistosomiasis - a disease caused by a parasite found in infected water (WHO).
- About 50% of a diarrheal deaths could have been avoided through safe drinking water (WHO).
- 32% of the world's population lacks access to basic sanitation facilities (WHO/UNICEF).
- In Africa, 42% of health facilities do not have access to a clean water source with 500 meters (WHO).
A Sustainability problem
Without proper education and empowerment, many of The donated water systems can fail
Every year, water projects, started in developing countries, fail due to inadequate education and setup. That ends up being millions of $ going to waste. Wells and water pumps go bad and are then abandoned. Water filters aren't cleaned and therefore stop working and are also abandoned. The time and energy spent to establish many of these water systems is lost when proper training and education isn't also included in these new water system.
Many projects are not followed up with proper education or support. And in some cases the people trusted to continue the system after they are implemented aren't able to do the task - leading to failure or even some cases corruption.
Donations and charity can only go so far, but educating the people and empowering them so that their systems can be sustainable after implementation is the best way of addressing the water crisis
The water crisis is a problem that can be solved. We must all work together to make it happen.
The water crisis can be addressed in many different ways. All of them play a part in the overall picture.
It takes us all
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