It’s all about Water

Posted: September 19, 2012 in charity, featured, peace and love
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Do you sponsor a child in a subdeveloped country?  Good on you!  Do you donate money to a building schools in Africa project?  Fantastic work!  Please, whatever you do, don’t stop donating to good, honest and noteworthy charities.  That is not the point of this article.  I do have to give you a word of warning.  Make sure you only donate to a charity that can demonstrate every pound or dollar or Euro you give them actually reaches its target.  Secondly, make sure you are working with a charity that does not have a hidden agenda.  There is one charity, for instance, that allows you to sponsor a child.  What they don’t tell you is that the communities they build are only available for those children and families that agree to convert to Christianity.  Just saying, do your research.  And keep giving.  If you have the money, give it away.  Money needs to roll and there are people out there who need it more than you.

Some Things to Think about

If you aren’t donating to charity yet, try to think whether there is any money you could do without.  I know charities will phone you and ask for a certain amount, but good charities are happy with anything, whether it’s 20 pence or 20 pounds.  Look inside yourself and think whether there is anything you can do for the world yourself.  Once you have worked out how much you can give, think about what you can give too.  It is tempting, isn’t it, to give money to a project that provides food to people, or a project that builds schools?  Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with that, but how about looking into projects that can make an important difference?  Building new schools is great, but how about investing in a project that gets kids to actually go to school?  And the most important thing in the world is water.  Donate to a project that makes water accessible and you really are on a winner.  You know the old saying: give a man a fish and he won’t be hungry for a day, but teach a man to fish and he won’t ever be hungry.  That’s what it’s about.

Water is the building block of life.  Give people water and you give them life.  You give them irrigation.  You give them the opportunity to grow their own food.  Let’s take a look at some facts about water that may help you convince you that this is where your money should go.

Facts about Water

Did you know that worldwide, 1.5 billion people are unable to access safe and clean water?  Globally, 4 million people die each year from diseases that are water related.  Almost half of these are due to diarrhoea.  Almost all of the deaths, however, happen in the developing world.  It is the biggest killer of children under five worldwide.    Also, lack of access to clean water claims more lives than wars or guns do.  Scary, isn’t it?  Of all the people that are sick right now, half of those illnesses are caused due to lack of sanitation and no access to water.

Did you know that a woman in sub Saharan Africa will spend 16 hours each and every week just to collect water, but that a single American uses 500 litres of water every day?  Scarily, it is recommended we each only use 50 litres per day, which is still more than a woman in Africa will be able to carry home for her entire family of course.  In fact, one sixth of the world’s population is only able to use six litres of water per day.  In Gambia, this amount is reduced to just 4.5 litres.  Makes you think when you know flushing the toilet uses eight litres of water, doesn’t it?

Do you know how much water we use for silly things as well?  Making a pound of coffee costs 11,000 litres.  The paper for a single Sunday paper takes 300 litres.  And then you consider that half of the schools across the world don’t have water or sanitation.  Feel guilty yet?

70% of all water is used by agriculture (this is good if it’s in the right place).  22% is used in industry.

These are scary statistics, but they are true.  So give your money if you have it, but please, I beg of you, give it to water projects.

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