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End Water Poverty
Over a million people from across the world call for decision makers to keep their promises on clean water and sanitation.
United States: 20,990
New Zealand: 2,263
South Africa: 5,364
De. Rep. of Congo: 15,055
Cote d’Ivoire: 1,819
What’s the one thing All of the following have in common?
Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s)
1.) Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
2.) Achieve Universal Primary Education
3.) Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
4.) Reduce Child Mortality
5.)Improve Maternal Health
6.)Combat HIV/Aids, Malaria and other diseases
7.)Ensure Environmental Sustainability
8.)Global Partnership for Development
To be effective, they all require access to clean water and sanitation.
In 2015 the developmental goals are being re-evaluated.
WE want to ensure WASH
1.) Accelerate the halving of those without access to basic sanitation.
2.) Provide universal basic sanitation by 2020.
3.) Better monitor funding, making sure it makes it to those most in need of help.
4.) Push for the higher prioritization of basic sanitation and water supply coverage.
Because at the current rate, MDG’s won’t be reached until 2049.
1 in 8 people worldwide lack access to a basic improved water source.
With Diarrhea killing more children yearly than AIDS, Measles, and Malaria combined.
(That’s a child dying every 20 seconds from a water-related illness.)
Or 5,000 a day. That’s 20 airplanes full of children, dying.
Which is 1.5 million children a year…
What if all of Manhattan died from water-related illnesses?
Or Greater Manchester?
WASH would be a priority then, right?
The truth is, more people are without wASH than in 1990.
1990:2.4 billion without access to sanitation.
2010: 2.5 billion without access to sanitation.
WASH is important because it affects everything else.
$260 billion dollars (tourism, agriculture, industry) are lost every year due to water related illnesses.
And $32.2 billion in investment could completely solve sanitation problems.
That’s a $4 return for every $1 invested.
152 million hours are spent every day by women and girls gathering water.
That’s 17,351 years of collective life, per day.
And 526 million women STILL have to use toilets in the open.
That’s 1/7th of the planet’s female population.
49% of schools worldwide don’t have access to an adequate water source.
While 55% lacked proper sanitation.
You can’t learn if you have to leave school for the sick bed.
Half of the developing world’s hospital beds are filled with water and sanitation related illness sufferers.
That’s why 1.23 million people have mobilized to march for WASH over the past 3 years.
2010: More than 100,000 lined up for the world’s longest toilet queue.
2011:350,000 walked for water.
2012: 380,000 walked for water.
2013:More than 400,000 walked for water from 65 countries.
Add in the million petition signers
and that’s 2.23 million supporters.
[List of countries <50% clean drinking water coverage]
Somalia, Ethiopia, Dem. Rep. of Congo, Niger, Mozambique, Madagascar, Papau New Guinea
[List of countries with 50-75% clean drinking water coverage]
Zambia, Angola, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Sudan, Central African Republic, Chad, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Cambodia, Laos
[Rest of countries either >76% clean drinking water coverage or insufficient data.]
Help End Water Poverty. Hold decision-makers to their promises. Support WASH.