Katie Bertoglio-Harris via Crowdrise
October 29, 2011
MGAH's fortieth Charity of the Week, in memory of Rachel Beckwith, a truly inspirational little girl! See more
Sophie Diallo DuPuis wrote -I don't even know to to begin to tell you about all the great things charity: water has already done, this is some information taken from their site, which is a great site by the way. Please stop by their web page to see all they have accomplished and all what they will accomplish with our help; donate what you can, or at the very least spread awareness.
"Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of diseases and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren't strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses.
90% of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are to children under five years old. Many of these diseases are preventable. The UN predicts that one tenth of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply and sanitation.
In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year just walking for water. Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection, walking miles to the nearest source, which is unprotected and likely to make them sick. Time spent walking and resulting diseases keep them from school, work and taking care of their families. They're subjected to a greater risk of harassment and sexual assault. With safe water nearby, women are free to pursue new opportunities and improve their lives