Monday, March 22, 2010

World Water Day

As the Soli Deo Gloria blog reminded me, today is World Water Day. Water, doesn't sound too interesting. We turn on the faucet and there it is. We throw some bubbles into the tub and soak our aching muscles.

*Approximately one billion do not have any kind of regular access to a safe water.

* The World Health Organization states that about 1.8 million children have died each year from the lack of clean drinking water. That's one death per eight seconds.

*80 percent of illnesses in Third World countries are traceable to water contamination.

*50% of schools all over the world lack a safe water supply and any form of sanitation. Think about your own little ones.

*There are children not able to attend school because of the lack of close water sources. They, at times, have to walk for hours to reach the only water source available (which can be deadly).

Here's a couple of unwanted visitors contained in unclean drinking water.
*Cholera affects the intestinal region of the body. Without immediate medical treatment, it could cause death within 12 hours after the symptoms start.
*Guinea Worm Disease (see picture)-This parasite/disease affects poor communities in remote parts of Africa that do not have safe water to drink. There is no treatment for Guinea worm disease. Removal of the worm as it emerges from the infected person's skin is or surgical removal by a trained doctor is the ONLY cure.

The phrase "World Water Day" may not mean a lot to many, but it does to those dying.

If you want to help bring clean water to those in need click on the following link and scroll down.

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