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Almost 800 million people are without safe water and two-fifths (2.4 billion people) lack access to safe sanitation systems.
In Africa, Nearly half of the people lack access to safe drinking water and upgraded toileting facilities.
Nearly one in five child deaths is due to diarrhea, a loss of about 1.5 million lives each year. The toll is greater than that caused by AIDS, malaria and measles combined!
If we do nothing, up to 135 million people will die from water-related diseases by 2020!
80% of sickness and death among children is caused by unsafe water.
Each year, diarrhea causes 2.2 million deaths, mostly among children under the age of five. This is equivalent to one child dying every 15 seconds, or 20 jumbo jets crashing every day;
In WAR , the situation is even more critical.
According to UNICEF, rural African women and girls spend as many as 40 billion hours each year hauling water!
This leaves women & girls with little time for education or home-based industries.
Canada's foreign aid budget dropped to its lowest level in thirty years!! Since 1991, Canada's aid allocation has dropped 41% -- more than any other government program.;
Clearly, we can't count on the government to deal with this problem alone. The SOLUTION is simple: People working together to equip the rural poor to help themselves.