For those who don’t know, today, March 22nd is the 25th anniversary of World Water Day. The history of World Water Day began in 1993 as a moment to observe and share insights about the impact of water. Each year, UN-Water, the group that coordinates the UN’s water and sanitation work, sets a theme. This year’s World Water Day theme is “Nature for Water,” uncovering flood prevention methods, prevention of drought, and how we can help stop pollution. Countries around the world are suffering from these issues and we have the power to help make lives better by learning and supporting water efforts globally.
At S’well, we celebrate the importance of World Water Day every day, working with organizations to help create greater awareness about the impact of water on people and what we can do to create change. Since 2015, S’well has helped UNICEF provide clean water to the world’s most vulnerable children. And now we’re on a very specific mission to support UNICEF’s work to educate, build infrastructure and provide clean water in Madagascar. With support from partners like S’well, UNICEF is aiming to help 500,000 people in Madagascar gain access to safe and sustainable water sources by 2019.
In Madagascar, the latest stats show that only 51% of the population has access to safe water and 10% has access to basic sanitation. As a country with the fourth worst water, sanitation and hygiene statistics in the world, it needs our help.
And it’s not just Madagascar. Communities around the world are impacted by a lack of access to clean, safe drinking water and proper sanitation facilities. Here are some alarming stats:
- 800 children die every day due to unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation.
- 1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water at home.
- Girls and women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water (40 billion hours a year!)
- 1 in 3 schools worldwide do not have adequate toilets.
- Girls are responsible for gathering water in 8 out of 10 waterless households, often having to make multiple trips of up to several miles a day.
Knowing this, please help us today – World Water Day 2018 – tell more people about the impact of water on communities around the world with #WaterIsUNFAIR.
Together, we have the ability to transform lives and empower future generations to realize their dreams.