Saturday, January 15, 2011

Some Interesting and Flat-out Amazing Water Facts . . . the Re-run Edition!

(I originally posted this in December, but as we wind down our Month with World Help's causelife as our "Put Feet to Their Faith" ministry focus, I thought I'd "re-run" the post.) 

As you get ready for church (tomorrow), go to church, fix and eat your dinner and spend this day with your family, consider the following information about water from . . . 
  • Do you have a cell phone? More people in the world own cell phones than have access to a toilet.
  • The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.
  • A bathtub holds 151L of water - someone living in a slum may have 30L of water to use for their needs all day long.
  • Diarrhea remains the second leading cause of death among children under five globally. Nearly one in five child deaths – about 1.5 million each year – is due to diarrhea. It kills more young children than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. 
  • Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease.
  • In just one day, more than 200 million hours of women’s time is consumed for the most basic of human needs — collecting water for domestic use. This lost productivity is greater than the combined number of hours worked in a week by employees at Wal*Mart, United Parcel Service, McDonald’s, IBM, Target, and Kroger.
  • At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene. 
  • As of December 5th more than 2000 people have died in Hatti due to cholera.
Today’s water crisis is not an issue of scarcity, but of access. Check my posts on causelife - and what they are doing to help provide clean, safe water for people around the world and how your kids can help and "Put Feet to Their Faith"!

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