In 1992, the UN designated March 22 of each year as World Water Day. In observance of this year’s World Water Day, we thought we would shine a light on how water plays an important part of our work all over the world and give you a few ways you can help bring safe drinking water to the world’s poor. In many of our project communities where we have enabled our awareness campaign, the lack of access to clean potable water is one of the most critical challenges. Many communities depend on unsafe water from unprotected shallow wells or rivers. Lack of access to water is a threat to the livelihood of a community in many ways. Inadequate access to water negatively affects the productivity of livestock and crops, and unsafe drinking water is a health hazard to both communities and animals. It is primarily the responsibility of women and girls to fetch water for household and animal use, often walking long distances in harsh conditions. Water scarcity is believed, for this reason, to affect the enrollment rates as well as educational performance of girls.
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So what can you do to help?
Help fund our Building a Sustainable Way of Life Project in Ghana, West Africa, which will improve community wells to ensure the availability and quality of water in wet years and dry.
Team up with US-based groups(https://oneweekforwater.org/) who are calling for increased commitments by the US government to help increase access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation for millions around the world.
Find and attend an event near you.
Visit a local restaurant participating this years World Water Day, and pay a $1 (or more!) donation for otherwise free tap water.
For more information about World Water Day please visit https://www.worldwaterday.org/ and https://oneweekforwater.org/.