The Water Crisis
There is a very real water crisis in our world today. More than two billion people worldwide rely on wells for their water, according to TIME Magazine. The seals on wells frequently leak over time and allow for the intrusion of deadly bacteria. Access to water is a start, but making it safe is critical.
More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes. Nearly all deaths, in fact 99 percent, occur in the developing world. A child dies every 21 seconds from a waterborne disease.
Consider the common “Rule of 3”, people die when they go 3 minutes without air; 3 hours without shelter (in a harsh environment); 3 days without water; and 3 weeks without food.
Picture a jumbo jet filled with children crashing, with no survivors, every four hours. That is how many children die from lack of safe water, modern sanitation, and poor hygiene practices. What will alter this fatal course?