World Water Day 2018

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I have a good friend who works for Lifewater, a Christian nonprofit dedicated to bringing clean water, improved health, and the hope of the Gospel to unreached places.  When we get together and talk about work, I’m talking about designing window displays and she’s talking about traveling to remote regions of the world, dealing with spiders the size of her hand, and providing lifesaving water programs for villages.  Both are important jobs (ha!), but… you guys, she is impacting the WORLD!

Did you know that 800+ million people don’t have access to safe water?  That’s about 1 in 10 people on earth, or twice the population of the United States! You can help change that!

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10 Facts About the Water Crisis

Download the fact sheet to view sources for statistics.

  1. 100 million families are stuck in a cycle of poverty and disease because they don’t have access to safe water.
  2. More people die from unsafe water than from all forms of violence, including war.
  3. 2.4 billion people, 1 in 3, lack access to a toilet.
  4. Water-borne diseases kill more children under the age of five than malaria, measles, and HIV/AIDS – combined.
  5. In developing countries, as much as 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions.
  6. Women and girls spend up to 6 hours every day walking to get water for their families.
  7. The average distance that women in Africa and Asia walk to collect water is 3.7 miles. That is 19,500 steps, every day, just to get water that is making them sick.
  8. 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related diseases.
  9. Time spent gathering water around the world translates to $24 billion in lost economic benefits each year, furthering the cycle of poverty.
  10. Every dollar invested in safe water and improved hygiene and sanitation results in eight dollars of increased economic activity.

World Water Day is Thursday, March 22nd.  For just $40, you can change a child’s life forever with clean water.  Plus, on World Water Day, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar, doubling your impact!  Will you join Lifewater in being the hands and feet of Jesus to the world?

Comments

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    Hi Lindsey – Your post hit very close to home for me – My 15 year old daughter & I are just returning from Liberia, Africa on a clean water missions trip. We traveled with HOPE2LIBERIA (HOPE2LIBERIA.org) Another Christian non-profit working on clean water. My dear friend SAM has been working in Liberia for 12 years now – he has dug many wells & given hundreds of water filtration systems out to remote villages there in Liberia.

    He has since opened a school – HOPE ACADEMY that teaches over 300 kids age nursery – 4th. While we were there we opened a tiny medical clinic staffed with one young American nurse (also named Lindsey :)). It’s amazing the needs there. Just wanted to thank you for posting this. So few know or have any sense of the struggles on the other side of the earth. It was a life changing trip for both of us. My 15 year old is forever changed. We are working diligently to help too. We’ve started with letting friends sponsor backpacks for the students.

    For $15.00 anyone can sponsor a backpack full of much needed school supplies. http://store.kitsforkidz.org/index.php/hope2liberia.html

    These kids have no pencils, paper, etc. It’s amazing what we take for granted every day here……… Thanks for sharing this very important message. Amy & Olivia from Chicago.

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    Done. Thanks for sharing.

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    I was shocked after viewing the fact sheet. Water is so precious and we should never ever waste it.

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    The water crisis is some of the worlds greatest challenges that human beings are going to face in the future. You highlighted some important points regarding this issue. Thank you for sharing :)

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