turnonthetap.org.au

October 19th, 2009

I came across this website today after seeing it on ACCTV. Turn on the tap is a part of Samaritan’s Purse that helps many people around the world who are living in poverty.

After visiting the website and being in tears at watching the videos I decided to do something about it. As a family we are going to buy some wells to help families have fresh and safe drinking water.

If you are interested in doing the same you can visit their website here . Below are some “Water Facts” from the website…

Disease

  • 1.8 million people die every year from diarrhoeal diseases (including cholera) caused by unclean water and poor sanitation; 90% are children under 5, mostly in developing countries. That is one child every 20 seconds.
  • Most illnesses in developing countries are water-related.
  • Water-related disease is the second biggest killer of children worldwide, after acute respiratory infections like tuberculosis.

Sanitation

  • Despite increases in coverage, more than 2.5 billion people remain without improved sanitation. Almost 1.8 billion of them – 70 per cent – live in Asia; 22 per cent of them, more than half a billion people, live in sub-Saharan Africa.

Access to water

  • 884 million people in the world do not have access to safe water (roughly one out of every eight people in the world).
  • In Australia, the average person uses 282 litres of water every day. The average New Zealander uses about 160 litres per day.
  • The average person in the developing world uses 10 litres of water every day; the same amount of water we use every time we flush the toilet.
  • The average distance that women in Africa and Asia walk to collect water is 6 km.
  • The weight of water that women in Africa and Asia carry on their heads is commonly 20kg10, the same as the average airport luggage allowance.