Access to Water Bridget Brodlo & Mackenzie carlson

We chose the lack of access to water as our form of poverty because of our shared interest in environmental science and how it affects human activity. We also recently experienced how disgusting non-potable water can be at the Stickney Water Plant, reaffirming our mutual belief that clean water needs to be accessible to everybody.

Generosity has 10 years under their belt of providing clean water to vulnerable people all around the world. Their mission is to “provide permanent solutions to a region’s water need by implementing sustainable and appropriate systems” to give rural villagers in developing countries pure, safe drinking water. Over the course of a decade, Generosity.org has completed 778 water projects, and they have their eyes set on 1,000 projects as their next milestone. They've helped over 450,000 people in 20 different countries so far.

Why Is "Access to Water" Worth Addressing?

1.) 2.5 billion people live without improved sanitation, but every $1 invested in improving water and sanitation results in $4.30 in overall economic revenue.

2.) Over 70% of these people who lack sanitation, or 1.8 billion people, live in Asia.

3.) Unsafe or inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene cause approximately 3.1 percent of all deaths worldwide, and 3.7 percent of DALYs (disability adjusted life years) worldwide. Teaching people to wash their hands and properly use latrines saves more lives than any vaccine. In fact, sanitation and hygiene programs double the impact of every water project - decreasing disease in a community by an average of 47%.

4.) Sub-Saharan Africa is slowest of the world’s regions in achieving improved sanitation: only 31 percent of residents had access to improved sanitation in 2006. The burden of fetching water often falls on women, preventing them from working or getting an education. Walking long distances to get water increases the risk of sexual assault, and the lack of proper sanitation facilities is the main reason young girls drop out of school. Access to clean water helps women get the same opportunities as men. On average women and children in the developing world walk a distance of 6 kilometeres (3.7 miles) each day collecting water. Providing access to clean water relieves this burden and unleashes the freedom to work, learn, grow, and dream.

5.) 18% of the world’s population, or 1.2 billion people (1 out of 3 in rural areas), defecate in the open. Open defecation significantly compromises quality in nearby water bodies and poses an extreme human health risk.

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Created with images by clondike7 - "Water" • Artur (RUS) Potosi - "***"

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