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Almost 800 million people are without safe water and two-fifths (2.4 billion people) lack access to improved sanitation
In Africa, Nearly half of the people lack access to improved water and sanitation.
Nearly one in five child deaths is due to diarrhoea, 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 peoplewill die from water-related diseases by 2020!
80% of sickness and death among children is caused by unsafe water.
Each year, diarrhoea 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 SOLUTIONis simple: People working together to equip the rural poor to help themselves.
|"Oh Child" by John Moore
... A mother cries over child's future