WaterAid America Helping Mothers & Families Global Water Crisis

by - 5/24/2013 09:09:00 AM

I was invited as media to this event. No other compensation was received. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

This past weekend I enjoyed a nice Mother's Day not doing much. I was able to rest and enjoy some time with my son. Sadly some Mother's around the world weren't able to do the same.

WaterAid America Helping Mothers and Families Global Water Crisis

Some Mother's had to spend their Mother's Day walking miles to get fresh water for their family. No time for rest, no time for family bonding. No time for anything besides getting the needed water for their families survival.

Finding a solution for these Mother's around the world was the topic of discussion during an event hosted by Jennifer Wagner for WaterAid America with special guest Jennifer James, of Mom Bloggers for Social Good.

During the event I learned some startling statistics including
  • 768 million people in the world do not have access to safe water. This is roughly 11% of the world's population. (WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2013 update)
  • Around 700,000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation – that's almost 2,000 children a day. (WaterAid 2012/WHO 2008/The Lancet 2012)
  • In the developing world as a whole, around 90% of sewage is discharged untreated into rivers, polluting them and affecting plant and aquatic life. (UN)

WaterAid America Helping Mothers and Families Global Water Crisis

While those statistics are disheartening, I also learned of about some simple solutions that can bring positive results.
  • Just $25 can enable one person to access a lasting supply of safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation. (WaterAid)
  • For every $1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of $4 is returned in increased productivity. (Reference: Hutton, Global costs and benefits of drinking-water supply and sanitation interventions to reach the MDG target and universal coverage, WHO, Geneva, 2012: page 4)
  • Water and sanitation infrastructure helps people take the first essential step out of the cycle of poverty and disease. In the UK the expansion of sanitation infrastructure in the 1880s contributed to a 15 year increase in life expectancy in the following four decades.
WaterAid enables the world's poorest people to gain access to safe water and sanitation. Together with improved hygiene, these basic human rights underpin health, education and livelihoods, forming the first essential step in overcoming poverty.

WaterAid America Helping Mothers and Families Global Water Crisis

One of the key points that stood out for me was that WaterAid doesn't just go into these communities, give them water and then say job done. They work with local partners, who understand local issues, and provide the skills and support to help communities set up and manage practical and sustainable projects to meet their real needs. The communities are able to become self sufficient. And in many cases the women/mother's gain not only a new skill but also a status and self esteem. That's powerful.

Because the water issue is such a global water crisis, WaterAid also works locally and internationally to help change policy and practices to ensure that water, hygiene and sanitation's role in reducing poverty is recognized. The more people that become aware of this issue, the quicker change can happen.

While I'm thankful that organizations like WaterAid exist and are helping these mothers and families, they also need some help. There are many different ways to work with WaterAid to make a difference in these women's lives. Please learn more about WaterAid.

To learn more visit - http://www.wateraidamerica.org
On Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/wateraidamerica
On Twitter - https://twitter.com/WaterAidAmerica

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  1. Thank you for helping spread the word about such an important cause. Most people don't realize how many lives are affected by something that most of us take for granted.

  2. Glad I could use my blog to help share the information.

  3. WaterAid is so grateful for the voices of women for women! Together we will make change. Water is just the beginning! Thank you .