Today is the start of World Water Week which lasts from March 22nd until March 28th. And this - March 22nd - is World Water Day, as declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 1992.
It's hard to believe that one of our primary life givers - WATER - can also kill in unsanitary conditions. Did you know that water-born illness is the second biggest killer of children under 5 years of age throughout the world? There are nearly one BILLION people in the world without access to safe drinking water, causing more than 4,200 children die daily due to water-related diseases. Of course, the gravest problem with unsafe drinking water is the mortality rate - but also consider that when people are faced with reoccurring illnesses due to drinking contaminated water that spreads diseases like cholera, they are also unable to work, go to school, and practice hygienic care in other ways (like simply washing ones hands).
World Water Week is a time to promote public awareness of the world water crisis, and encourage water conservation, improving people's access to clean water, and the development of clean water resources in places where there are none.
In 2007, a program called The Tap Project was established in order to help UNICEF provide clean water to children around the world. This bean as a grassroots project out of New York, and in just two years has developed into an internationally recognized program operating in all states in the U.S. A mere $1 investment in The Tap Project provides clean drinking water to one child for 40 days; this $1, in so-called third world countries, is equal to a $3 to $34 dollar return.
Please visit http://www.tapproject.org/ to learn how you can get involved in relieving the world water crisis and acknowledge World Water Week by providing clean drinking water to an endangered child.
Eboni Joy Asiatic