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Sharing Resources: Water

Doing Good and Sharing Resources: Water (Blog Action Day 2010)

One of our beliefs is that everyone has the right to be self-reliant and live free from wanting life’s most basic needs. Ensuring universal access to clean, sustainable water is one way to follow through on this belief.

Though water is one of the most vital things we need to survive, too many people find good, clean water a struggle to obtain. According to charity: water, one in eight people around the world do not have access to safe and clean drinking water. This lack of access acounts for several of the world’s diseases and deaths, with 90% of water-related deaths occurring in children under five years of age.

Such lack of sanitation also affects people’s lives beyond mortality. According to Water Advocates, 50% of schools in developing countries do not have access to safe water, and 75% of these schools lack proper sanitation facilities. This decreases children’s ability to learn in a proper environment and earn the best education possible. Women and children traveling miles upon miles just to retrieve water for their families also suffer, as time spent walking “keep[s] them from school, work and taking care of their families” (charity: water). Furthermore, women traveling for water are often victims of sexual assault and other crimes as they make their journeys.

The fact that anyone should find obtaining something so fundamental to be a burden or impossible is unacceptable. We encourage everyone to work with water charities and other organizations to ensure a bright future for people around the world.

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