For the past week, we have been struggling with getting enough hot water at home. We replaced a hot water heater, something we had planned for, but we are now being told that we will need to replace all the old, under-sized pipes in our house. Needless to say, I am stressed beyond words.
Yet, I have clean running water. I am able to drink all the water I need each day. I have enough water to cook with and I can do laundry each night if I want to.
Not everyone is as lucky as my family.
Worldwide 800 million people do not have access to clean water and 2.5 billion have nowhere safe and clean to go to the toilet. This results in the loss of 2,000 children every year due to easily prevented diarrheal diseases.
The lack of clean, easily accessible water also means that millions of women and girls are unable to work or go to school because they spend a majority of their day transporting water and caring for the sick.
WaterAid helps the world’s poorest people gain access to safe water and sanitation. Working with local organizations, communities and individuals, WaterAid uses affordable and locally appropriate solutions to provide safe water, effective sanitation and hygiene education to people in developing countries.
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I wrote this post as part of The Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health.
Our Motto: Individually we are all powerful. Together we can change the world. We believe in the power of collective action to help others and believe in ourselves to make this world a better place for our children and the world’s children.