Africa's Water Crisis
Africa's Water Crisis
What do you do on a hot summers day? Walk to your fridge and grab a cold glass of water. Would you ever consider walking six kilometers? Women and children across Africa are forced to do that everyday.
Mothers all over Africa are effected by the contaminated surface water that they are forced to give their families because they do not have to safe drinking water. They are limited to 5 gallons a day that goes towards drinking, sanitation, hygiene, and cooking. The average American family uses 552 gallons a day.
Most women and children are having to involuntary walk one hour each way for water that puts them at risk of Typhoid and Hepatitis A when they are just trying to survive. Access to clean water has been declared a human right but 85% of the Ghana population have no access to the safe drinking water that comes from wells and sand dams. With air travel being reasonably accessible to most the risk of catching water borne diseases like Typhoid, Cholera and Hepatitis A will be more likely to spread world wide.
115 are dying every hour across Africa that are related to water born illnesses. With 42% of hospitals across the continents run without clean purified water infection rates are higher. Access to safe drinking water means that the source is less that one kilometer from it's place use and it is possible to reliably obtain at least twenty liters of water per house member per day.
106 million people in the Sub-Saharan region are relying completely on surface water which has overall lower quality. It has the potential to be more seriously contaminated by human and animal waste which leads to more water borne diseases. It can also be used up more quickly and then people are left with no water. When people are forced to drink dirty water it can lead to early childhood stunting, malnutrition, and cognitive deficiencies.
Water shortage is more about economic resources, which is what makes it so important to understand that the African water crisis is a human problem rather than a geographical issue.
I strongly believe that getting safe drinking water to those in need will benefit world wide. There is lots you can do to contribute to this serious issue. You can donate your time by helping with improving websites of organizations and getting word out to everyone. You can donate money to non-profit organizations. It only takes $25 to give one person clean drinking water for the rest of their life. Shop with a cause, more and more online markets like Amazon are offering to donate a small portion of money you spend on a regular purchase to the charity of your choice.
This issue has an easy solution but it will take time and money to allow every child across Africa the right to clean water and they need your help.
You can help make the change our world needs.