It’s easy for those of us who lead relatively comfortable lives in the UK to take the fact that we have access to clean water for granted, but for many people around the world, this life-sustaining resource is in short supply and can be dirty and dangerous. In fact, as many as 1.8 billion people use contaminated drinking water that can transmit a range of diseases, including typhoid, diarrhoea, dysentery, cholera and polio. Kids are often the worst affected by these health hazards. According to figures provided by the World Health Organisation, diarrhoea leads to over 360,000 preventable deaths of children under five each year. As well as putting their wellbeing at risk, it can mean they miss a lot of schooling due to sickness, and this has knock-on effects for the rest of their lives.
Sanitising water supplies is often a straightforward process, but it requires investment. If you’re keen to do your bit to ensure that children around the world have access to safe water, keep reading.
Donate to charity
The best way to help is to donate to a charity that runs water hygiene projects. For example, Human Appeal is involved in the installation of deep water wells and hand pumps in poor communities. Working with its partners across the globe, the organisation is at the centre of a number of projects, including the creation of wells in Satkhira, Bangladesh. This is an area where natural disasters can lead to the contamination of drinking water. The charity is also helping to provide access to clean water in Senegal in areas where there is a lack of water and of hygienic storage areas. Another of its projects involves making sea water drinkable in Gaza, Palestine. It’s water desalination plant is being designed to serve 600,000 people, many of them children.
By giving money to good causes like this, you can help to tackle many of the water problems facing communities around the world. You can find out more about the various initiatives available by doing some research online. Giving even a relatively small sum on a regular basis can make a big difference.
Spread the word
As well as donating yourself, it’s important to spread the word. By talking to your family, friends and colleagues about the issue of dirty water and how it’s harming kids, you can encourage others to give money. Lots of people are unaware of the scale of the problem of poor water sanitation, and once they realise what’s happening, they often decide to do their bit to help.
The issue of unhealthy water supplies won’t be solved overnight, but thanks to carefully planned charity projects, progress is being made.