Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Few Water Facts to Think About . . .

As you go through your day today, how many times do you use water . . . without even really thinking about it? Consider these water facts from WaterAid America -

  • 884 million people in the world do not have access to safe water. This is roughly one in eight of the world's population. (WHO/UNICEF)
  • 1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation. This amounts to around 4,000 deaths a day or one every 20 seconds. (WHO)
  • Hand-washing with soap at critical times can reduce the incidence of diarrhea by up to 47%. (UN Water)
  • The weight of water that women in Africa and Asia carry on their heads is commonly 40 pounds, the same as an airport luggage allowance.
  • 97.5% of the earth's water is saltwater. If the world's water fitted into a bucket, only one teaspoonful would be drinkable.
  • At any one time, half of the developing world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from diarrhea. (UNDP)
  • Children in poor environments often carry 1,000 parasitic worms in their bodies at a time. (UNICEF)
  • The average North American uses 400 liters of water every day.
  • The average person in the developing world uses 10 liters of water every day for their drinking, washing and cooking. (Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC))
  • An old lavatory uses at least nine liters of water a flush; a low-flush model uses as little as three liters. 
  • Every year, around 60 million children in the developing world are born into households without access to sanitation. (UN Water)
  • Children living in households with no toilet are twice as likelyto get diarrhea as those with a toilet. (WEDC)
  • 11% more girls attend school when sanitation is available. (UK Government Department for International Development)
So . . . what can you do to help make a real difference in the very important area of helping people around the world be able to access clean, safe water? Consider involving the children in your ministry in a clean water project through World Vision. We - and the children in our ministries - can make a real difference in the lives of children and families around the world! What will you do to help your kids help others?

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