The hard facts from Water.org about lack of access to safe water includes:
Every 2 minutes a child dies from a water-related disease.
1 in 9 people lack access to safe water.
1 in 3 people lack access to a toilet.
Women and girls spend 266 million hours every day finding a place to go, hindering their ability to live full lives.
The main goal of Water.org is to provide safe water to millions who do not have access to it, including proper sanitation. As a nonprofit organization, Water.org holds fast the belief that “… water is the way to break the cycle of poverty, to protect and save lives, and to make bright futures possible. We’re here to bring water and sanitation to all. We want to make it safe, accessible, and cost-effective.”
Their approach is quite unique yet proven over time to invest in a future that benefits all. While there are little funds currently dedicated by governments to solving the global water crisis, Water.org works to unlock funding. By increasing financing for water and sanitation, progress is being made toward creating a better future. Through removing financial barriers, people in need can then obtain access to safe water and sanitation in their homes.
In working to provide the most efficient and affordable options for people, such as a small loan, people are empowered to obtain a basic need, which becomes a life-changing resource. Water.org works to make changes in all levels of government systems, from local to national and global arenas. A lot of work has been focused to integrate partners, ideas, and approaches so that water solutions are possible for those who most need it.
The result of access to safe water and improved sanitation from Water.org’s website:
Access to safe water gives children time to play and opportunity for a bright future.
Families more time to pursue education and work opportunities that will help them break the cycle of poverty.
Attendance of girls at school increases significantly because they aren’t searching for safe water every day.
Reduced child and maternal mortality rates.
Contributes to improved health and helps prevent the spread of infectious disease.
Reduced physical injury from constant lifting and carrying heavy loads of water.
Water.org is working “to transform the lives of 60 million people with access to water and sanitation by 2022.” From their online beginnings in 2009, they have reached more than 27 million people with access to safe water and sanitation through financing by February 2020. Currently in 13 countries on four continents around the world, Water.org works diligently to improve water crisis numbers mentioned above. Ready to donate, learn more, or simply see some videos of the impact water accessibility has on a family? Go to water.org and see their efforts at work.