You may remember from my post last month (WaterAid – I’m Drinking Water for Lent) that I am nearing the end of my 40 day quest to give up diet soda and drink only water to raise money and promote awareness for WaterAid and clean drinking water for all.
Well, today, March 22, 2013, is World Water Day, a day established by the United Nations to look at water issues around the world. It’s a day that draws attention to the facts that 783 million people, or 11% of the world’s population, do not have safe water to drink and that this, coupled with poor sanitation, results in 2,000 children dying every day.
WaterAid is an international non-profit organization that helps the world’s poorest people to plan, build and manage their own safe water supplies and to improve their sanitation and hygiene. Can you imagine how hard your life would be if you had to walk for miles just to get to a water source, let alone a safe one, and then walk miles back home carrying many gallons of water? How scary your life would be if you had no clean water source and there was the constant fear of your children dying from a water-born pathogen?
Now imagine how much your life would be changed if you had easy access to a clean safe, source of drinking water. Hours spent carrying water can instead be spent with family, tending crops, raising livestock or starting a business. Simple changes to sanitation and hygiene practices save thousands of babies’ lives and keep children in school.
Today at 1:30 p.m. EST, WaterAid America will join leading experts in the fight against water poverty for a Google+ hangout marking World Water Day 2013 on Friday, March 22 at 1:30pm EST / 5:30pm GMT at http://ow.ly/iZCdj .