Water. The most basic necessity and precious commodity. The chemical molecule containing one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms connected by covalent bonds—something that is so microscopic that our life depends on it.
Yet, 800 million people still are living without access to clean drinking water. Each year, 3.4 million people die from a water-related disease. Diseases from unsafe water claim more lives every year than all forms of violence, including war.
According to the United Nations report on world water development, 90% of the deaths that occur from unsafe water and unsanitary living conditions are children under the ages of five.
Women and children spend 3-5 hours each day walking for water. Most likely, the walk itself is dangerous and puts women vulnerable to sexual assault and harassment.
Investment in clean drinking water and sanitation drives economic growth. This time is taken away from income-generating jobs, caring for family members, or attending school.
charity:water. For the past 2 years, I had the opportunity to volunteer at charity: water events. Charity: water brings safe drinking water to people in third-world countries. I became obsessed with how they have completely rebranded the name of charity, and most importantly, how transparent they are.A bold promise they made: 100% of public donations to directly fund sustainable water projects. They depend on private donors and angel investors to fund staff salaries to basic office supplies and rent. Each project is proved using GPS coordinates on Google Maps.
A movement they started with such great humility and compassion.
Scott Harrison is the founder of charity:water and you can watch his inspirational story below.