“Water crisis” is not something I’m often used to hearing… in fact I cannot even recall a time when clean water was not accessible to me. However, the fact of the matter is humanity is facing a huge water crisis! Not convinced? Prepare yourself to dry-swallow these next shocking facts:
- 780 million people lack access to clean water- that’s more people than the population of two and a half times the number of people who live in the United States.
- Of these 780 million, 3.4 million people die each year from water-related disease- that’s almost the entire city of Los Angeles.
- An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day.
- More people in the world have a mobile phone than a toilet.
I don’t usually think about how long my morning shower is, but right now I cannot help but think about our brothers and sisters in developing countries. Luckily, for the past two decades water.org has been at the forefront of the global water crisis – spreading awareness and relief with one goal in mind: “safe water and the dignity of a toilet for all, in our lifetime.”
Water.org was originally the 1990 American nonprofit “WaterPartners International.” It wasn’t until a merger with a similar organization, H20 Africa, in 2009 when Water.org was co-founded by Matt Damon and Gary White (yes, THE Matt Damon). Under Damon and White’s direction Water.org has made clear that this global water and sanitation crisis is far too serious for a little charity to mop up. Beyond implementing direct care and relief, this dynamic duo have been pressuring those who work in the water sector for new solutions and models, an increase in transparency and lasting partnerships for long-term change.
What can we do? Obviously you can donate, but if you’re a financially strained college student such as myself, simply pass along the message. The more people know the more people will help!
Follow this link to water.org to learn more: http://water.org/water-crisis/water-facts/water/