Monday, December 22, 2008

5 Posts for Christmas... When I was Thirsty

Ten Sobering facts...

1. One in six people lacks safe drinking water.

2. The lack of clean water kills more people on the planet every year than all forms of violence  - including war.

3. Unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation causes 80% of all sickness & disease in the world.

4. 1.8 billion people die every year from water-borne illnesses - 4200 deaths every week. 

5.  90% of the above deaths are children under age 5 -  3900 children die per day because of unsafe water.

6. Many people in the developing world - usually women & children - walk three hours per day to fetch water that will make them sick. 

7.  For $10, you give one child clean water for life.

8.  Americans spend 450 billion dollars celebrating Christmas.  10 billion of that would solve all of the water's lack of clean water issue.

9. Our planet is 70% water and only 2% of that is freshwater available for 6 billion people.

10.  Many communities in developing nations have a plentiful supply of clean water just below the ground.  They get need our help to get it.

"When I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink... Lord when did we see you thirsty and give you something to drink?... the King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'"

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