This past weekend, a couple of us from You Assist participated in a Walk for Water in Burke Lake, Virginia. While we were not the organizers, some of the money raised during this walk helps benefit the Dag Hammarskjöld School in Zambia that we have an ongoing relationship with. This relationship has helped the school get a water pump and now they will be getting sanitation blocks.
It is amazing how many of us take clean water for granted. I certainly do not give it a second thought when I shower nor when I turn on the faucet to grab a glass of water. Unfortunately, not everyone has that luxury.
One in ten people worldwide do not have access to clean and safe drinking water.
This leads to a host of water-related ailments with an estimated ½ of the world’s hospital beds filled with people suffering from water related problems. In turn, unsafe drinking water ends up killing an estimated 850,000 people yearly, with children being the most impacted.
Not having clean water nearby means that a lot of time is spent collecting water. The numbers are staggering. For example, in Sub-Saharan Africa, 40 billion hours are spent collecting water according to the United Nations. This leads to lost economic opportunities as people simply have limited time to pursue work or to pursue an education.
The United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals are certainly set up to help improve these statistics, but every bit helps. To learn more about these goals, please visit http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/