I was compensated by World Vision for my time in writing this post. All opinions are my own.
World Vision has long been a part of my family. For a little over a year, we’ve sponsored a child with the same ethnicity and age as Collin’s older brother, Liam, who passed away shortly after birth. This connection makes our bond all the more meaningful for our family. We believe in World Vision and their initiatives, which is why when it came time to sign up for the World Vision Global 6K for Water, we were thrilled to join in and bring awareness to the extreme need for clean water to developing countries.
Almost 1,000 children under the age of five (that’s nearly Evelyn’s age – my youngest) die every day from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and improper hygiene. In Ethiopia alone, nearly 40 million people lack clean water sources and an estimated 70 million live without adequate sanitation. Every day, people (mostly women and children who carry the burden of finding and carrying water each day) around the world walk an average of 3.7 miles, or 6 kilometers, in search of water, and the water they do find is often contaminated with life-threatening diseases.
World Vision is dedicated to helping solve this crisis and provides a new person with clean water every 30 seconds as part of their full solution to end poverty. In 2015, World Vision provided access to clean water to 2.3 million people, and the organization’s goal is to provide clean water and sanitation to one new person every 10 seconds by 2020. World Vision provides people with safe water, sanitation, and hygiene education to decrease illnesses, improve health and lessen the burden on women and children.
Safe drinking water, improved sanitation, good hygiene, and good water resource management can lead to a reduction in child mortality, cut transmission of malaria, improve public health, and reduce extreme poverty, which is why World Vision targets these specific issues in their initiatives. Combining water, sanitation and hygiene solutions together can cut preventable child deaths by up to 57 percent, reduce chronic malnutrition by 40 percent, reduce school absenteeism among girls by 50 percent, and obtain an 8:1 economic return in target communities. World Vision believes fiercely that the global water and sanitation crisis can be solved within our lifetime, but it starts with awareness.
Friends, I ask you to share this post with your family and friends. Sign up for the World Vision Global 6K for Water with me and help to bring awareness to these seemingly simplistic problem that can be solved in our lifetimes with help from organizations like World Vision. Let’s talk about these problems and stand behind World Vision with support.