We know that water is a necessity and yet, most of us in the developed world choose to remain ignorant of the global water crisis facing us today. At most, the awareness of the problem remains at the peripheral region of our minds; we go about our daily activities with indifference, taking it for granted that when we turn on the faucet, be it in the day or late at night, water will flow – clean and relatively safe – to be used in whatever manner is needed.
Such is not the case for a large number of people in other parts of the world.
According to The Water Project, an estimated 1 billion people in developing countries don’t have access to clean and safe drinking water – that’s 1 in 9 people worldwide. To put matters in perspective, half of the world’s hospital capacity is occupied by patients needing medical attention for water-related diseases. If that isn’t serious enough to wake us up, the World Health Organisation & UNICEF jointly reported in their 2015 Update & MDG Assessment that every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease.
In the Philippines alone, approximately 8% of the population (7.8 million people) has no access to proper sanitation facilities, much less clean drinking water. Tondo, one of the many slum areas in Manila, is populated with many families who are too poor to afford toilets and thus, having to relieve themselves in unhygienic ways (source).
The combined effects of a world population that is increasing rapidly, a rise in per capita use and the depletion of available freshwater resources means that water scarcity is a severe issue that requires everyone’s attention and action; it affects not only our health and wellness but also agriculture and food production, industrial processes, the economy and the environment as whole (source).
In fact, water scarcity threatens our very existence as a species, together with the rest of the living planet.
This global crisis can’t be ignored for any longer. Action has to be taken now and on our part, we’ve chosen to begin with Project Dalisay Water Station in the Philippines. We urge you to join us in our cause.
For more information, please visit our Campaign Page.