How far do you have to walk so that your family can have clean water to drink, cook, and wash clothes?
Three feet to your master bathroom? Ten feet to the kitchen faucet?
Millions of people (mostly women and children) walk 6 kilometres (over 3 miles) every day just to collect water for their basic needs. Billions have no safe place to go to the toilet. Lack of water and sanitation traps these people in a vicious circle of disease, lost life chances and poverty.
The World Walks for Water is a global event from March 19-22, 2011, that aims to raise awareness of the world’s current water and sanitation crisis, and critically, demand strong government action to stop the needless deaths of 4,000 children every day.
On World Water Day 2011 thousands of people across the globe will walk together for 6 kilometres to demand an end to this crisis. The walks will build on the success of the World’s Longest Toilet Queue in 2010, and demand that politicians in the North and the South keep their promises and step up their efforts to ensure water and sanitation for all people, everywhere.
Get informed by reading the quick facts below, then look for a World Walks for Water event near you, or organize one yourself. It’s easy, just start walking!
The Dry Facts
Other Ways To Help
March 20-26, 2011 marks World Water Week, and during this time you can help millions of children around the world who lack access to clean water.
During this week, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF (United Nations’ International Children’s Emergency Fund) is launching its annual Tap Project. As Care2′s Judy Molland writes, “Across the United States, [participating] restaurants will encourage patrons to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free. Just click here to get the list of participating restaurants.”
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Women Worldwide Need Clean Water
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