A human can go without food for about three weeks but would typically, only last three to four days without water.
In other words, water is a necessity. Without it, a living being cannot survive. Yet, it is a horrific fact that there are millions of people around the world who do not have access to clean drinking water or proper sanitation.
Some 842 000 people are estimated to die each year from diarrhea as a result of unsafe drinking-water, sanitation, and hand hygiene (over 40% of those are children under 5 years old). (World Health Organization)
Clean water is something that we take for granted. But it is water that revolutionizes the health and future of entire societies and global communities.
Like most issues in the world, clean water is not just about water. It’s really about:
- creating communities where women and girls can get an education (since they are often the ones responsible for water collection).
- communities that can grow more crops, earn more money, and go to school (breaking the cycle of poverty).
- making sure that hope is inspired in every child by preventing illnesses from dirty water.
According to World Vision, “Nearly 1,000 children under age 5 die every day from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and improper hygiene.” That statistic is so incredibly heartbreaking, but I believe in World Vision’s mission to end the global water and sanitation crisis within our lifetime. We must provide clean water and sanitation to every man, woman, and child in every community around the world, especially in the most vulnerable populations in the hardest-to-reach places. Five non-profit organizations spring to mind that are working diligently to provide clean water in various ways around the world. We can support their work at no cost via Dlyted.com.
I recommend supporting one of these organizations through your everyday shopping:
- Generosity .org knows that access to clean water is the first step to breaking the cycle of poverty. Over the last decade, they have developed over 800 water projects, serving nearly one half million people in 20 countries.
- Pure Water for the World partners with, “rural and under served communities, where there are high incidences of waterborne diseases and a scarcity of aid.”
- Blood:Water is partnered with Africa’s Hidden Heroes and they provide, “technical, financial, and organizational support to strengthen their reach and effectiveness to the communities they serve.”
- Water for Good is a faith driven organization that tackles water poverty in the Central African Republic.
- Hope of Life International is focused on saving lives in Guatemala through practical and spiritual ways.
These are just a handful of organizations that have a focus on providing clean water. Do you have a favorite non-profit organization that provides clean water someplace in the world? I’d love to know who you support. For the first time in history we can change the world one small donation at a time. At no cost to any giver.
Keep in mind that you can support your favorite organizations through Dlyted.com at no extra cost to you, simply by doing your everyday shopping.