“The right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights” – United Nations – 2010 General Assembly
It’s hard to believe that billions of people are still living without safe water in their homes, schools and places of work, many face discrimination as they try and access clean water. Groups of people such as women, refugees, elderly and the disabled are being denied this basic need.
The statistics make for shocking reading, more than 700 children under five years old die each day from unsafe water and 800 women die due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth. Across the globe, 2.1 billion people live without safe water at home.
The UN have recognised that these marginalised groups are often overlooked as they try to access safe water. They are looking for regulatory and legal change that allows this basic human right to be accessible to all people with enough funding available for those most in need. A clean constant source of water empowers a community, they are then able to grow crops for food and to sell, lifting themselves out of poverty.
Water is the beginning of the journey out of poverty... which leads to better health, increased prospects and brighter futures – Just a Drop Charity
We can all help!
Here at Kinetico we have a passion for changing lives through better water and that’s why we work closely with Just a Drop who work with villages throughout the world to build wells and provide sanitation so that fresh water can get to those who need it. So far, they have reached 1.5 million people across 32 countries since 1998. We are proud to support them! This year we will be supporting the charity by participating in the steps to water challenge. Around 159 million people collect water from ponds and streams and will walk on average 6km or 8000 steps per day! You can join us in the steps challenge, or you can hold your own fundraising event.
Click here if you would like to donate to Just a Drop