Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Water, water, and ne'er a drop to drink

If someone were to ask you what the leading cause of death is around the world, what would you guess?

Heart disease?

Would you believe that, according to the United Nations, the answer is diarrhea?  The UN states that 88% of diarrhea-related illness and disease is due directly to a lack of proper sanitation and clean water for consumption and sanitation.  Over 2.6 billion people around the world lack even the most basic sanitation.

*Image from water.org

Every 20 seconds, a child dies as a direct consequence of improper sanitation.  That's over 1.5 million preventable deaths every year.  Children under age 5 represent 90% of diarrhea-related deaths (see UNICEF's Child Info.org).

What would you do if you couldn't provide clean drinking water for yourself and your children?  What if you couldn't go to the store and buy bottled water, but had to bathe and drink in dirty, feces-filled water? 

This is not just a rhetorical exercise.  This is daily reality for millions of people around the world.  What if you could make a difference in the life of a community?  A family?  A child? 

What if you could help provide safe drinking water for a lifetime for a child and their community? Here's the good news: you can! Through Compassion International's Water For Life program, you have the opportunity to provide water filtration systems to families around the world.  Compassion's filtration system has been tested and approved by the United Nations, is simple to construct, easy to maintain, and can radically change lives.

For $55, Compassion's Water For Life will enable a local church to distribute a bucket & filter system that can provide up to 1 million gallons of water. 

The average person consumes around 15,000 gallons in a lifetime.  This system, then can provide safe drinking water to somewhere around 66 people for their lifetimes.  An entire community could be transformed by this simple gift.

The next time you get a drink from your kitchen, please consider: would you give $55 to save lives?

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