ONE DROP Canada serves as the organization’s international headquarters. An international committee representing each of the affiliates has been formed, in accordance with the clauses in the affiliation agreement.
The first moves water from clouds to rain to oceans and back again. The second affects communities without access to water as this drags them deeper into poverty and poor health, which, in turn, makes it more difficult for them to access water.
While the first rests in the hands of nature, the second rests in ours.
Water is an inherent right, yet almost a billion people do not have access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion live in areas without sanitation. Worldwide solidarity is the best defence against the monopolization of this invaluable resource.
Water is life, but we continue to pollute and overexploit it, thus threatening the world’s diverse ecosystems and, therefore, access to water today and in the future.
Water brings people together, not only geographically but in the sense that the water crisis provides an opportunity for the developed and developing worlds to work together like never before to pool their resources, knowledge, experience and dreams for a common purpose: to solve the problem and change the way society works.
People like you have come together to join ONE DROP, each one adding a drop towards the solution. Our movement dreams of a day when the people of the world unite to form a powerful river, sharing wealth of all kinds to protect our water and make certain everyone has access to it. ONE DROP believes global solidarity is the key to our dream of water for all, today and tomorrow.
Almost a billion people do not have access to safe drinking water, and 2.5 billion live without sanitation.
In many countries, ONE DROP backs local organizations and partners who work together to bring money, technology and knowledge to communities in need of access to safe water.
Contaminated or poor-quality water is the second leading cause of infant mortality in the world, killing close to 2 million each year.
Eighty percent of developing-world diseases are related to lack of safe drinking water. Those who fall ill cannot go to school or work and are subsequently dragged deeper into poverty.
Beyond forcing families to sacrifice food money to buy medicine, fighting disease is an enormous drain on a country’s economy as resources that would otherwise be spent on long-term social and development programs are diverted to the more immediate needs of healthcare.
Study after study confirms that serious health issues (such as cancer and birth defects) and water pollution are inextricably linked. The water crisis and the health problems that are tied to them are challenges shared among developed and developing countries.
The task of gathering water can take up to four hours a day. Moving as much as 100 kg of water over many kilometres means risking health and personal safety; in certain cases, there is no choice but to go through areas that leave them vulnerable to attack by people or wild animals.
Women are also more susceptible to waterborne diseases because it is they who care for ill family members and wash clothing in rivers filled with contaminants and bilharzias (blood flukes).
While our thirst for water steadily rises, the water supply does not. During the 20th century, the world’s population tripled, but its consumption of water increased sevenfold.
3. Domestic use (10%)
Over-consumption leads to a variety of consequences:
- Rivers run dry before they reach the sea
- Underground tables dry up
- The cost of finding water escalates
Water pollution is a scourge of both developed and developing countries. All nations need to take responsibility and help remedy the situation by working together and sharing resources.
ONE DROP believes the solution to our planet’s water crisis is solidarity. Each one of us—every country and every person—must recognize and act on our responsibility towards water. But how are we to accomplish this?
Water is everywhere and essential to all life. The prosperity—and perhaps even the very future—of the human race is at stake; such a level of responsibility requires that we work together. Solidarity is the solution waiting to happen.