Safe water shortages result in more deaths each year than all forms of violence combined, including war. Often, if water is even available, it’s not safe to drink. The lack of water testing in developing countries, coupled with safe water shortages, creates a breeding ground for diarrheal disease, the most common illness in the world. Children are especially at risk. They are still developing immune systems and cannot afford the rapid nutrient loss and dehydration caused by diarrheal disease. Every nineteen seconds, a child dies from the lack of safe water.
Pinpointing the tragic water shortage is an effective way to address the root of many problems. Creating safe water wells in at-risk communities restores hours to the average person’s day, allowing children more time to pursue an education and adults more time to work. Safe, available water creates a situation where it is feasible for households to become stable and self-sufficient. Available water also cuts down rates for other diseases since bathing becomes an option. According to the World Health Organization, just the availability of clean water is enough to cut diarrheal disease rates by 21%. Clean water has the potential to change everything.
Health and Sanitation
Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. (source)
Women and Children
In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year just walking for water. Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection, walking miles to the nearest source, which is unprotected and likely to make them sick. (source)
Economies and Communities
In Africa alone, the overall economic loss due to lack of safe water and sanitation is $28 billion, or about 5% of GDP. (source)
What's charity: water?
charity: water is one of the leading nonprofits facing the global water crisis, but their systematic assistance is both comprehensive and unique. Rather than just simply raise awareness, charity: water builds wells in water-poor communities, making clean water a reality for people that have never had it.
charity: water does more than just building wells, though. In each village they train a water council, where usually at least half are women. They also train local mechanics that travel in the region to keep water flowing, or train small business-startups that repair broken wells.
The goal is not just to provide water, but to create a sustainable water well that is always flowing and provides jobs to the region. Every dollar donated to charity: water yields 4-12 dollars to the local, developing economy. And better still, 100% of public donations go directly toward a water project.
How can you help?
Through a partnership with various online stores Textbooksforlife.com is able to donate up to 5% of the purchase price of each item bought through our site. Since we are powered by Buy For Us, we are able to donate this money to charity: water.
Since $20 gives someone clean drinking water for life, a $400 textbook purchase, standard for a full-time college student, is enough to provide one person drinking water for life. However, we need you to do more.
Your purchase may be able to save one life, but there are still over 1 billion people in the world without access to clean drinking water. We need you to tell everyone you know to get on board. Tell your friends on facebook, tweet to the edges of the twittersphere, and shout to the mountaintops that there is a way for us to make a difference that everyone can take part in.
Buy For Us and textbooksforlife.com are neither affiliated with nor endorsed by charity: water. We just think they are awesome and want to give you a new way to support them.