Water Changes Everything.

Water, it's life's most basic need. But there's a water crisis in our world right now, seriously, a crisis. Nearly one billion people live without clean drinking water. It's happening all over the world, especially in developing areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America. It's a water crisis because it starts with water. But water affects everything - education, health, poverty and especially women and children.
水。它是生命最基本的需求。但是現在我們的世界有一個水危機,真的、一個危機。有將近10億人的生活沒有乾淨的水。它發生在全世界,尤其是撒哈啦沙漠以南的非洲、東南亞和拉丁美洲等開發中地區。這是一個水危機、因為起因就是水。但是水影響了所有的東西 - 教育、健康、貧窮、尤其是婦女和兒童。

Let's look at a family caught in the water crisis. It's likely they live on less a dollar a day. When they're thirsty they can't just turn on the faucet for a nice cold glass of water. They don't have a faucet. Instead, the women and children go off to collect water. Many walk up to three hours a day to the nearest swamp, pond or river to gather water that's been sitting out in the open, exposed to all kinds of germs.

Time spent gathering water is time they can't spend learning to read, write, earn an income or take care of their family. Some women in Sub-Saharan Africa spend more time collecting water than any other activity they do in the day. And the walk isn't just hard. It's dangerous. The women are alone and burdened with forty pounds of water. Many get hurt. Sometimes they're even attacked.

When they make it home, the little water they've collected isn't clean. Some people know their water is contaminated with germs that cause diarrea, dehydration, even death. But what choice do they have? Kids, especially babies, are affected most by these germs. About every nineteen seconds a mother loses one of her children to a water related illness. And each day almost a billion people are living this way until they get a little help.








The water crisis is solvable. There are solutions. Some are brand new and innovative like water filtration systems. Some are age old like drilled or hand-dug wells. These solutions bring clean water much closer to the people who need it. A safe water project near a village restores hours each day to a person's life. This time is opportunity. It's freedom to go to school and get an education, to work or start a business, to raise a family.

Africa alone could save forty billion hours each year. That's the entire annual workforce of France. Clean water means less disease. That's less money spent on medicine, which means more money for books and school uniforms. And if the water project is built near a school, it can increase attendance, especially among young girls. The water crisis is vast but we can solve it. Just twenty dollars can provide one person with access to a clean water project in their village and this will mean more than clean water because water changes everything.



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