$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.
Our school is participating in the WE Walk For Water event, organized by the WE Can Be the Change Enrichment. This is where students walk on a track and carry water which will allow them to step into the shoes of people who have to carry water every day. We want to raise money so women and girls around the world don’t have to walk many miles to carry water, that isn't even clean, to their homes every day. Not only will this provide clean water for them, but the women and girls will have a chance to get an education or help provide for their families.
Our goal is to raise $3,500 in total so that we can give 140 people access to clean water. Please help us raise money, so that we can help people in developing communities gain access to clean water.