The Charity That We Donate To:
Clean Water - Charity Water - www.charitywater.org
Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren't strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses.
90% of the 30,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are in children under five years old. The WHO reports that over 3.6% of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply, sanitation, and hygiene.
Clean Water Crisis Facts:
- More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes. Nearly all deaths, 99 percent, occur in the developing world.
- Of the 60 million people added to the world's towns and cities every year, most move to informal settlements (i.e. slums) with no sanitation facilities.
- Lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every four hours.
- 780 million people lack access to an improved water source; approximately one in nine people.
- "[The water and sanitation] crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns."
- An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day.
- Over 2.5X more people lack water than live in the United States.
- More people have a mobile phone than a toilet.
The Good News On The Progress Of The Clean Water Crisis:
By the end of 2012 Organizations like Charity Water hit a milestone and reached three million people served alone. But by 2050, the world's population is estimated to grow by three billion and 90% will be in the developing world. Unless sustainable water solutions are scaled fast, regions already stressed for water sources will be over capacity.
*information pulled from www.charitywater.org and www.water.org