Today is World Water Day, observed since 1993.
Here are some facts for you:
* Every 20 seconds a child dies from water-related illness
* More people have a mobile than a toilet
* Nearly 1 billion people lack access to safe water
In countries like Belgium, the Western world in general, we take safe access to and availability of water for granted. We don’t even think about it. It’s normal that water comes out of the tab and is safe to drink. Most people take a shower daily. In summer we water our lawns and have fun washing our cars… It doesn’t seem to be an issue.
In Pakistan I was confronted with water in various ways, especially after the flood that affected a huge part of the country and displaced over 20 million people.
I met so many people that lost everything they had, literally left their homes with just the clothes on their backs. They had to survive and wait in various camps and live in horrible conditions. Lack of clean water and especially sanitation was a big problem.
Diarrhea is the second leading cause of death among children under five in the world. Around 1.5 million deaths each year – nearly one in five – are caused by diarrhea. It kills more children than malaria, AIDS, and measles combined…
So today I took a moment to think about all of this and remind myself that I’m very fortunate with things like my showers, a toilet that flushes, being able to wash my hands, drink water from the tab.