Times like these makes me realize just how much I am not in control of my life. After talking about the World's problem with clean water and how it is a problem with a solution, I find out today is World Water Day! Since I'm a logical person and I love numbers, here are some facts I got off of various sites.
- 5 of every 5 people in the world do not have access to even a simple pit latrine and nearly 1 in 5 have no source of safe drinking-water.
- ~3.575 million people (~1.6 million children) die each year from water-related disease. More people die from the lack of clean water and sanitation than any war claims through guns.
- An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than a typical person in a developing country slum uses in a whole day.
- The UN predicts that one tenth of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply and sanitation.
- In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year just walking for water. Usually this burden is placed on women and children.
- The WHO and UNICEF report that it would cost US$11.3 billion/year to achieve the Millenium Development Goal for “drinking water and sanitation” and one is left to wonder what the cost would be for the water portion in their estimation. To really put this into perspective Americans spend US$450 billion each year on Christmas. That's EVERY single year!
Of course knowing all this doesn't really help the people in need. Charity Water is a great organization thats really grown a lot in the past couple years. It's a well established non-profit where every single penny of your donation goes straight to the field!