Clean Water Needed
Water is one, if not, the most important thing we need in order to live a healthy sustained life. We rely on it for food, our ecosystems, electricity, even personal hygiene. We are lucky enough to live in a place where you can go to the nearest fountain, grocery store, or our own faucets in order to get the water that is needed. Unfortunately, the same can not be said for those living in third world countries, specifically countries in Africa.
It is stated that about 884 million people on earth lack clean water and of those 884 million, more than 840,000 people around the world die each year due to a water related disease. That is nearly 1 million people each year on a planet where 71% of its surface is covered in water. In impoverished countries, women have to spend hours a day to obtain water; most of it being polluted or tainted so not safe for use, whether it be for drinking, watering of crops or bodily cleansing. This is also especially dangerous for infants and younger children since their immune systems are weaker.
Luckily, work is being done to make sure there is enough clean water for everyone in these developing countries. Many water systems that have been installed are helping to prevent and lower the risk of water related illnesses and deaths. These water systems help filter and chlorinate water to dispose and deadly organisms that carry disease. There are also ways that you can help those in need of safe, clean water. One organization, called The Water Project, works with local partners to help provide the clean water that these developing countries need. At their website you can start a fundraising campaign and they accept donations that go a long way in helping them improve education, health, hunger, and poverty. One small act can make the big difference for those in need.