The Risk of Water
By Sebastian Frost
Can you imagine spending each day of your life struggling to access clean water? In all likelihood, many of us could not fathom living our lives in such nightmare-ish conditions. Unfortunately, however, 2.1 billion people in the world have no other option. They either take the risk of drinking contaminated water, or they do not drink at all.
Each day, more than 1,000 children die from various diarrheal diseases—caused by consumption of unsanitary water. Moreover, the women and girls who are often charged with transporting water are subjected to potential violence, as they make the multi-mile trek to and from their risky water source. Access to clean and safe water is a real problem for a large population of the world. Fortunately, however, interventions can improve such dire situations, and you—as the reader—can help.
The Hunger Project is a global, non-profit organization that seeks to implement sustainable means of ending world hunger. The organization was founded in 1977, and they currently support 22 countries—all of which could use your help. Financial constraints are always a concern, and as such, any amount that someone feels comfortable donating can be vital to supporting the healthy lives of billions of people.
For many of us, the terror of losing a loved one to the risk of water would only occur in our nightmares. Unfortunately, there are also many individuals who face this tragedy as their daily reality. However, for those of us who have the means, we can contribute to reducing the prevalence of such tragedies. We can protect families—families very similar to our own—from having to face such unimaginable horrors. For those who are interested, please feel free to visit this link and consider what you can do to change someone’s world.