Water is the New Black

The following blog is written by Caitlin Sanders, a PR student at UGA who is doing a campaign for Charity Water: Brushing your teeth, having a drink downtown, washing your clothes – water is everywhere. It’s a part of nearly everything we do each and every day, and without it, we can’t survive. Good thing you paid your water bill this month, right?

Unfortunately, there are millions of people on this planet who don’t have access to clean water. For these individuals, brushing their teeth every day is a small concern compared with the daunting task of walking for hours each day to find water, that may or may not be safe to drink.

Water is not an issue that can be brushed aside for a later date when the economy is more stable and you’re not applying for jobs. This is a problem that affects and consumes every hour of some people’s lives. It’s a global issue that pertains both human rights and women’s rights.

In Africa each year, people spend 40 billion hours walking in search of clean water. Killing more people every year than all forms of violence and war combined, unsafe water and basic lack of sanitation cause 80% of diseases. In many communities, women often bear the brunt of this task.

Many places in our world simply do not have the proper infrastructure to provide access to clean water, but this is an easy problem to fix and an opportunity for you to make a difference.

I am one of 17 PR students at UGA working this April to raise enough money with the non-profit organization charity: water to build one well – one well that provides clean water to 250 people in Africa. To learn more about what we are doing to make a difference and how you can help, check out www.mycharitywater.org/isyoursclean or visit our Facebook page, “Is Yours Clean?”

-Caitlin Sanders



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