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Millions From One » What's at Stake


The Water Crisis - faced by almost 1,000,000,000 every day...

Water is at the heart of a daily crisis faced by almost a billion of the world's most vulnerable people, a crisis that threatens life and destroys livelihoods on a devastating scale. This is a silent crisis experienced by the poor, and tolerated by those with the resources, technology, and the political power to end it. Yet, this is a crisis that is holding back human progress and consigning large segments of humanity to lives of poverty, vulnerability, and insecurity.

It's a Health Issue - 2.2 million die each year from contaminated water...

At any given time, half of the world's hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from a water-related disease. Nearly 90 percent of all diseases in the world are caused by unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene. Every year, there are 4 billion cases of diarrhea as a direct result of drinking contaminated water resulting in more than 2.2 million deaths each year.

It's an Education Issue - Water-related diseases cost 443 million school days a year...

Water-related diseases cost 443 million school days a year. More than 150 million school-age children are severely affected by waterborne parasites like roundworm, whipworm, and hookworm. These children commonly carry up to 1,000 parasites at a time, causing anemia, stunted growth, and other debilitating conditions. Children who suffer from constant water-related illnesses carry the disadvantages into school. Poor health directly reduces cognitive potential and indirectly undermines schooling through absenteeism, attention deficits, and early drop-out.

It's a Poverty Issue - 40 billion hours of labor are wasted each year carrying water...

In sub-Saharan Africa alone, 40 billion hours of labor are wasted each year from carrying water over long distances. Access to clean water is the foundation for other forms of development. Without easy access to safe water, countless hours are spent in water collection and household income is spent on purchasing water and medical treatment for water-related diseases. These factors contribute to keeping people trapped in poverty. Statistics indicate a two-way relationship between extreme poverty and lack of access to safe water. They show about two-thirds of those without access to safe water live on less than $2 a day. Half of these (roughly equivalent to the population of the United States) live on less than $1 a day.

It's a Women's Issue - Many women spend 15-20 hours per week collecting water...

Many women spend 15-20 hours per week collecting water, often walking up to 7 miles during the dry season. Women typically collect the water, and must wait for long periods of time before they can do so. They commonly get up early or go out late at night to collect their water, and from there, the women transport their water by carrying heavy containers over challenging terrain for very long distances. It is women who have to buy, scrounge, or beg for water, particularly when their usual sources run dry. The tragedy is that the water they work so hard to collect is often dirty, polluted, and unsafe to drink. Women trapped in this situation have little time for other activities such as child care, rest, or productive work. The time spent collecting water dis-empowers women by reinforcing time-poverty and lowering income.

The Water Solution - Safe water is most important...

The provision of safe, accessible water is the first and most important contribution to a community's health and development. It immediately eliminates the risk and danger of harmful bacteria and parasites that are consumed from contaminated water. It immediately frees up time for children and women, who spend much of their time fetching water to go to school or engage in productive business activities. It enables healthy food production. It gives women a safer and more even playing field to serve their families and earn money.