Travel Nurses encounter so many new places throughout their adventures; each area with its own unique characteristics and qualities. But there’s one thing in common at most every location in the United States, and it’s something many of us take for granted: Clean, safe water for drinking, washing, and cooking.
Did you know that every 24 hours 4,000 children worldwide die from water-related illnesses?
In order to combat such heartbreaking statistics, Planet Water Foundation will celebrate World Water Day 2015, this Sunday, March 22, with its bold, impactful initiative, Project 24.
The mission of Project 24 is “to move the hands of time forward in 24 impoverished communities by installing and commissioning 24 clean water filtration systems in just 24 hours.”
Travel Nurse company Medical Solutions is sponsoring one of these installations, which occurs at 2 p.m. EST on Sunday, March 22, 2015, in the Cambodian village of Preah Kau. This system alone will provide access to clean water for bathing, cooking, and cleaning to 122 students, 145 households, and 794 other beneficiaries in the small, rural village. The installation in Preah Kau will be webcast live via Medical Solutions’ Project 24 sponsor site, where you can also learn more about the village and effort, and even donate if you want to help.
Here are some more statistics about water consumption:
In the U.S.
- The U.S. wastes 7 billion gallons of drinking water a day.
- Average daily total water use in the U.S. is 355 billion gallons.
- The average American’s lifestyle uses 2,000 gallons of water a day.
In Developing Nations/Cambodia:
- More than twice the population of the U.S. lives without access to safe water.
- In the world, more people have a mobile phone than have a toilet.
- Every day women spend 200 million hours carrying water. On average, in developing nations, women spend 25% of each day collecting water for their families. This is time not spent working at an income-generating job, caring for family, or attending school.
- 4 out of 10 people in rural Cambodia (where the Medical Solutions-sponsored systems are) don’t have access to clean water.
- Each year, 443 million school days are lost due to water-related illnesses.
- 40% of primary schools in Cambodia do not have access to safe water and sanitation.
- Half the hospital beds in developing countries are filled with people suffering from diseases caused by poor water sanitation and hygiene.
Click here to learn more about Medical Solutions’ ongoing support of the awesome work being done by Planet Water Foundation.