via: Relevant Magazine – Mike Lenda
5 Ways We Can Solve the Water Crisis
On World Water Day, we look at one of the greatest tools for world change.
I recently visited a church that sent their youth group on a scavenger hunt around their building to count the number of places you can get a drink of water. They counted over 140 places—that’s 140 faucets, taps, drinking fountains—all within one building.
Yet for most of my friends living in Africa, they have to walk miles to the nearby creek or stream, only to get just enough water to last them for the day. While we use over 100 gallons in our households on a daily basis, they make due with just 5 gallons a day between the entire family. And the water they collect is making them sick because of the diseases and contamination in the water.
That’s why March 22nd has been designated by the United Nations as World Water Day—a day to remember the 780 million people globally who do not have access to safe water. Over half of those people are living in sub-Saharan Africa where the Blood:Water Mission team works. To put that into perspective, that is more than twice the population of the United States.
The water crisis is still very real, but also very solvable. We have all the technology we need. Now we just need the people and the resources to get it to the communities and individuals who need it most.
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