“Water is fundamental for life and health. The human right to water is indispensable for leading a healthy life in human dignity. It is a prerequisite to the realization of all other human rights.”
— The United Nations Committee on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights, Environment News Services, Nov. 27, 2002.
Can you imagine not having access to clean, running water? We cannot fully understand the struggles that face those who lack accessible, safe water. Think not being able to quench your thirst on a hot day, not being able to wash dirty hands or bleeding wounds. Without clean water, everyday life becomes extremely challenging and threats of disease prevail.
Did you know that half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by people suffering from water-related diseases? 1.8 million people die every year from diarrhoeal disease attributed to unsafe water supply, inadequate sanitation and hygiene; and, 90 percent of these deaths are in children under 5, mostly in developing countries.
Not only are 443 million school days lost each year due to water-related diseases, but productivity is also lost to the hours spent retrieving and gathering water for everyday life, mostly by women and children. How can developing countries obtain sustainable growth when majority of the population is unable to contribute? Education is lost and income generation is nearly impossible. Not to mention, sustainable development and agricultural growth can not be achieved without clean water sources for irrigation and sanitation.
Clean water alone can reduce water-related deaths by 21 percent. Globally, 70 percent of our water sources are used on agriculture. By providing clean water to rural communities, we can help sustain agricultural growth and feed a starving population. Clean water improves productivity, women and children can obtain an education and establish a source of income. Clean water can improve health and sanitation by reducing diseases and deaths while sustaining crops and vegetation for healthier and more reliable food sources. Eventually, water can alleviate poverty around the world.
Water is hope, water is life. If we can help spread clean water to all parts of the world, we will be enabling populations to thrive in all aspects of a sustainable life. This year, Investors Trust Cares is hosting a Clean Water Campaign in celebration of World Water Day, 22 March 2015. Check out the video below and keep an eye out for ways to get involved in our Clean Water Campaign!
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