NOT EVERYONE WAKES UP TO SAFE AND CLEAN WATER
In many parts of the world, people walk miles every day just to fill up a 5-gallon bucket or jerry can with muddy, unsafe water from a stream or pond. One out of eight people in the world, nearly ONE BILLION people, lacks access to safe water and are forced to travel great distances to collect water from contaminated sources. Simply said, we have a world water crisis.
At any given time, half the population of the developing world is suffering from one or more of the main diseases associated with inadequate provision of water and sanitation. The health and disease statistics are staggering:
- Dirty water kills more people than all forms of violence including war.
- Water-borne diseases are the leading cause of death globally for children under the age of five.
- Diarrhea kills more young children than AIDS, malaria and measles combined.
- Almost one-tenth of the global disease burden could be prevented by improving water supply, sanitation, hygiene and management of water resources. Such improvements reduce child mortality and improve health and nutritional status in a sustainable way.
Put poor access to safe water doesn’t just impact health, it also impacts how the poor must spend their time and the quality of their lives:
- Millions of women and children spend several hours and can walk several miles a day collecting water from distant, often polluted sources.
- In just one day, more than 200 million hours of women’s time is consumed for the most basic of human needs — collecting water for domestic use.
- A 5-gallon bucket is a common item millions of people in the developing world use to collect, transport, and store their water.
- A gallon bucket of water weighs 42 pounds. A twelve-year-old African girl typically weighs 80 pounds.
Water Usage and Access
According to the World Health Organization, the minimum requirement per person per day for adequate drinking and personal hygiene is 20 liters (5 gallons). Below this level people are constrained in their ability to maintain their physical well being.
- The average North American uses more than 100 gallons of water each day, but the average person in the developing world uses less than three.
- For the 1.1 billion or so who live more than 1 kilometer (0.7 miles) from a water source water, daily use if often less than 5 liters a day of unsafe water.
We Can Change All of This
A child should not be too sick to go to school because of the water he drinks. A mother should not have to haul disgusting water in filthy containers for miles because she and her family have no other option. A village should not drink, bathe and cook with water from the same source as animals
But this is the life of more than 884 million people in the world…right now. This is why the Walk For Water and the Jubilee Village Project exist: We know the world doesn’t have to be this way. Water is meant to bring life, not death.
WE WALK SO THEY DON’T HAVE TO