Chances are you turn on a tap everyday and water comes out. Clean. Yet there are nearly a billion people on our planet without access to safe water to drink.
Millions of children in Africa spend their day walking for hours to collect water instead of going to school. Additionally, frequent upset stomachs and diarrhea from the polluted water cause them to miss even more class and eventually drop out of school.
Every year, 2 million children die from water-related diseases. It often affects kids under 5 as their immune system can’t process germs found in dirty water.
Consider these facts:
▪ Every 20 seconds a child dies from lack of access to clean water.
▪ Women and children in many communities spend up to 60 percent of each day collecting water.
▪ 4,500 children die each day due to unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation.
▪ Without access to a latrine, many girls stop going to school once they reach puberty.
Water changes everything. Clean water gives children the opportunity to attend school and get an education. With education, communities are able to raise up strong leaders, making it possible to break the cycle of poverty and allowing future generations to improve their quality of life.
Meet H2O for Life. They are a Minneapolis based non-profit organization that raises funds for safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene projects. They are making a genuine difference to some of the poorest communities around the world.
Since 2007 H2O for Life and its partner schools have donated almost $2 million to fund water projects in the developing world. Working with 282,000 students in the United States, Canada, and Europe, H2O for Life has completed over 800 service-learning projects – helping fund more than 536 life-saving water projects in 21 different countries around the world. To learn more about their work, please visit www.h2oforlifeschools.org today.
The water crisis is solvable. For about $10 a child, H2O for Life can help millions.
Start by helping one.