April 27, 2018
Water + Walk = Change
$25. That’s what it costs to give one person clean water for life. Clean water isn’t a luxury— it’s a basic human right. One that millions of people around the world lack access to because of water sources that are unreliable or far from home. Children—especially girls—are often given the daily task of walking to collect water for their families, which prevents them from attending school and reduces their future economic opportunities.
Access to clean water can mean the difference between life and death. Since 1990, 2.6 billion people have gained access to improved drinking water sources, but there is still work to be done to improve the livelihood of over 800 million people living without access to safe drinking water. In developing communities, women and girls have the primary responsibility of collecting water from distant sources. This means they often miss out on school and income-generating activities at home while hauling water for themselves and their families. With access to clean water, families are able to have their girls attend school, watch their crops flourish at home and improve their personal health. Children are especially at risk for water-related diseases, and with better access to clean water, school attendance rates increase—expanding the opportunities in children’s lives and improving the overall health of their family, too.
To celebrate Earth Day students will be walking for clean water for those who do nit have access to it.