The Crisis.

Today I wanted to give everyone a glimpse into some figures that might allow insight to what the water crisis in Ethiopia is like.  Hopefully this will help you understand the desperate need that the nation of Ethiopia has for clean drinking water.  By the time you finish reading this post, three children unfortunately will have died due to water born diseases.  Please consider what you can do to help change this statistic.  Just $20 will provide clean water for one person for the next 20 years.  Give the gift of water…give the gift of life.

  • There are 884 million people worldwide who do not have access to safe water.  That is roughly 1 in 8 of the world’s population.  (WHO/ UNICEF)
  • Roughly 1.4 million children die each year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.  That is 4,000 child deaths each day or one child every 20 seconds. (WHO/WaterAid)
  • In Ethiopia, alone, there are over 59 million people who do not have access to safe water and make less than $2 per day.
  • The weight of water women and girls in Africa carry is about 45-50 pounds.  Doing this daily can impair normal development among girls.  (HDR 2006, Fistula Hospital Ethiopia)
  • Roughly 40 billion working hours are spent carrying water each year in Africa (Cosgrove and Rijsberman, 1998)
  • North Americans use approximately 100 gallons of water every day.  The average person in the developing world uses about 2.5 gallons. (HDR- 2006, WSSCC)
  • Of all the renewable water available in Africa each year, only 4% is utilized as most communities lack wells, canals, pumps, reservoirs, and other irrigation systems.
  • In Ethiopia, almost 74,000 children under the age of five die from diarrhea each year.
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