|In Africa, women and children spend roughly 40 million hours each year walking to collect water. The average round-trip is between three and four miles every day.
That is quite a sacrifice, especially with carrying the weight of the water on the return trip. These daily trips for water prevent children from attending school or force mothers to be away from all of their children for extra hours.
But most devastating is that all the effort, though done to help the members of a family survive, also might be killing them.
The United Nations estimates that 4,000 to 5,000 children die every day as the result of dirty water, which leads to cholera, typhoid, diarrhea and other diseases. And every one of those deaths is unnecessary.
The cost of providing the entire world with clean water is estimated to be $20 billion to $30 billion. That sounds like an amount for governments and corporations to deal with, but it is a target that can be hit by the American public.
Approved By: Rosshirt Water for Africa Foundation
Water for Africa