March 22, 2010 is World Water Day – a day when people from all walks of life come together to celebrate water, the most vital resource on the entire planet. Let’s use this day to reflect on how we as a global community use water and how we can, starting now, avoid wasting this precious resource. In many parts of Africa clean water is both rare and expensive.
|Many African children cannot attend school regularly as they must spend entire days retrieving water for their families.|
Without clean water, people are forced to share watering holes with animals, allowing communities to easily contract waterborne diseases. In addition to poor water sanitation, children and young women must travel by foot up to five miles a day to get water for the family. By the time they get back home they are exhausted. Many of these children are unable to attend school regularly because they spend so much time traveling to retrieve water.
The contrast is stark: the average American turns on the tap between 70 and 100 times a day while in Zambia 72% of people do not have access to clean water!
Bread and Water for Africa® raises the funds to build filtered water wells and water pumps, creating clean water sources for hospitals, schools, orphanages, and entire communities. The more clean water sources we help provide the more lives we are able to save.