Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Harsh Reality

As you read this page you will be faced by some staggering facts and figures.

Our fear is that as many of these may be regarded inconceivable or perhaps even surreal. So we start with the three most important:

A child dies every 20 seconds as a result of water-born diseases.
$2 is all it takes to provide a child with, clean, safe water for 10 years.
Whatever donation you may give, it will make a huge difference. 

Now for those facts:

Over 1.1 billion people in the world – roughly one eighth of its total population – do not have access to clean, safe water.

Around 2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation – almost two-fifths of the world’s population.

Over 2.75 million people die from diseases every year because of unsafe water.

1.4 million children die each year from diarrhoea alone caused by unsafe water.

Children in poor environments often carry 1,000 parasitic worms in their bodies at a time.

Over 40 billion working hours are spent carrying water each year in Africa.

In parts of Africa women and Asia women often carry water weighing as much as 20kgs (the same as the average UK airport luggage allowance) on their heads.

Source: World Health Organisation, UNICEF, Cosgrove & Rijserman

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