The Problem

Clean, safe drinking water is the right of every human being.  Unfortunately, safe drinking water is in short supply for over one billion people living in developing countries around the world.

Here are some sobering  statistics from the website:

Global water crisis:

  • 3.575 million people die each year from water-related disease
  • 43% of water-related deaths are due to diarrhea
  • 98% of water-related deaths occur in the developing world
  • 50% of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from a water-related disease

Water crisis and Children:

  • Diarrhea kills more young children than AIDS, malaria and measles combined and is the second leading cause of death among children under five globally
  • Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease
  • 84% of water-related deaths are in children ages 0 – 14
  • Children in poor environments often carry 1,000 parasitic worms in their bodies at any time

Water crisis and Women:

  • In just one day, more than 200 million hours of women’s time is consumed for collecting water for domestic use.