World’s Water Crisis: Explained

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By 2040, nearly everyone on the planet could be impacted by the world’s growing water crisis. Why this matters and what you can do to help.

Water is the most vital resource on Earth — and also one of the most powerful. It can create peace and sustain life, but today, a global water crisis is challenging billions of people’s well-being.

Did you know?

  • Globally, 1 in 10 people do not have access to clean drinking water 
  • Women and girls spend 200 million of hours sourcing water every day 
  • Over 1,000 children die each day because of unclean water 
  • By 2050, 50% of the world’s population could face water scarcity  
  • Water crises are becoming so commonplace, megacities are implementing “Day Zero” strategies. Mexico City, home to 22 million people, may run out of water before summer 2024.

The Global Water Crisis is a Humanitarian Crisis

Hundreds of millions of people bear the burden of living in areas without access to fresh drinking water and sanitation systems. In these areas, over 50% of the population lacks basic water services:

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Niger
  • Chad
  • Ethiopia

A lack of water in these areas has severe ripple effects in areas where poverty is widespread, education poorer, and healthcare limited. A family living in a village in Niger lives this struggle everyday, and their 9-year-old daughter, Mahana, dreams of the day when they will have clean water so that she can live out her dreams of learning how to sew and starting a business:

“If we get clean water, I will rest,” she says, “because I won’t need to go to the well every morning. I will be so happy.” (WorldVision)

Join the movement to give everyone equal access to clean water. Set up a monthly donation with VAKOVAKO. Your contributions will help leading humanitarian organizations, including UNICEF, ICRC and MSF.

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