The older I got, the more I realized how blessed I am to live in a place where clean water is so ridiculously plentiful. I've taken it for granted most of my life...still do sometimes. But a little organization called Water.org has helped me see that I am a part of a minority when it comes to clean water. Here are a few stats from their Web site:
More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes. Nearly all deaths, 99 percent, occur in the developing world.
Lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every four hours.
Of the 60 million people added to the world's towns and cities every year, most move to informal settlements (i.e. slums) with no sanitation facilities.
780 million people lack access to an improved water source; approximately one in nine people.
"[The water and sanitation] crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns."
An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day.
Over 2.5X more people lack water than live in the United States.
More people have a mobile phone than a toilet.Sad, isn't it? And ridiculously preventable. Check out their Web site for more info on how you can partner with them to not only quench thirst, but also provide sanitation to the world's most needy.