Over 1 billion people worldwide, that’s 1 in 6, are without access to clean water. Today, 4000 children will die from water related illnesses, that equates to over 1 million children each year, while 50% of the hospital beds on Earth are occupied by people with preventable waterborne diseases. These are just a few of the startling facts surrounding the fact that many around the world lack clean water.
I’m bringing this to your attention because as a traveling nurse, or any healthcare professional for that matter, you have the desire and passion for caring. Each day at the various facilities you work at you see many who need care from diseases and injuries that may or may not have been preventable. Millions around the world are in hospitals, (if they’re lucky enough) and are there simply because they drank water that is too dirty for human consumption. But what are they to do when their thirst is so great, they have no choice other than to drink the water that is unclean? This situation is certainly one that can be avoided.
[pullquote]Today, 4000 children will die from water related illnesses[/pullquote]
Clean water is a human right and the organization, WaterAid America is currently lobbying the UN to make it so. Until that day comes, there are other ways in which you can help this cause. The easiest way would be to donate directly to WaterAid America and pledge $30, which would provide one person clean water for a year. Of course, you are welcome to donate any amount you can… Every drop, so to speak, counts.
The organization is also co-hosting an online event titled, “Burden for Thirst,” which features photographs taken by award winning photographer, Lynn Johnson. The exhibit presents communities in the Oromia and Konso regions of Ethiopia that have reliable access to clean water for the first time in their lives thanks to WaterAid, along with dramatic images of women’s daily struggles to fetch water across barren landscapes in Kenya and Tanzania. megree, which is a social media tool that is capable of showing how everyone in the world is connected, is hosting an exclusive online preview of “The Burden of Thirst.” You can purchase a photo from the exhibition or, make a donation to WaterAid on megree.com through October 18 to enter a drawing for the chance to win a signed photograph. The winner will be announced on October 20, 2010.
There are numerous causes out there and it can be overwhelming to think of all those who need help for various reasons. All we can do, is do our part. Take action, donate, tell other traveling nurses, start your own fundraising at the hospital you’re working at… With your help, we can provide clean water to one person, one village at a time.