Today is World Water Day. I wanted to take this opportunity to write about a cause that is incredibly important to me…and should be to you too. Currently more that 663 million people around the world do not have access to clean water. What does this mean? Well, it means that there are men, women, and children who are drinking, bathing, and using filthy, disease ridden, disgusting water on a daily basis for basic human functions. What’s worse, is that many women and children spend up to 8 hours a day, walking thousands of miles a day, to obtain this water. This takes time away from working, going to school, and just generally enjoying their life.
The saddest part of the water crisis, is that it is so easily preventable. It costs roughly $30 to give someone clean water, and $10,000 to build a well in a community that can provide an entire community with access for years.
I learned about the water crisis while listening to a podcast (I highly recommend hearing Scott’s story) and it’s been a part of my life ever since. This past year, I donated my 30th birthday to charity.water and raised $1210…it’s just a drop in the bucket, but it will provide 40 people with clean water, which is far better than anything else I could have asked for.
For more information about the water crisis you can watch charity:water’s video (below) about their quest to end the water crisis, and you can donate here.
When people think about water charities, they typically think of charity:water, so if you would rather show some love to a different organization, here’s a list of a few great ones:
The Water Project
And if you’re asking yourself, “Sure other people don’t have access to water around the world, but what about Flint?”, here are a few ways to secure our own oxygen mask, before we assist someone else:
The Flint Water Fund
Flint Children Health and Development Fund
Do something nice for someone else today…it’ll make you feel better!