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Africa's Water - Thirst for Hope

  1. 1. “We shall not defeat AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria or <br />any of the other infectious diseases that plague<br />the developing world until we have also won the battle<br />for safe drinking water, sanitation and basic health care.” <br />-Kofi Annan, Former United Nations Secretary General<br />
  2. 2. The Problem is Real.<br />
  3. 3. Lack of pure water effects people all over the world.<br />However, a staggering 19 of the world&apos;s 25 nations with the greatest <br />percentage of people lacking access to safe drinking water<br />lie within the continent of Africa.<br />
  4. 4. We, as Americans, are oblivious to alternative ways of life <br />and the majority simply do not care to learn more or do <br />anything to improve the situation.<br />While countless people worldwide continue to struggle <br />to simply find clean water, about 408 billion gallons per <br />day are withdrawn for all uses during the year in America <br />to sustain our selfish lifestyle .<br />
  5. 5. We see water the way we get it, in that we simply turn on the faucet and drink <br />the clean water without even thinking about potentially getting a disease from it.<br />
  6. 6. On the contrary, the danger is real with 700,000 deaths being <br />caused by contaminated water in Africa each year.<br />
  7. 7. Of the total population in Kenya of approximately 39 million, an astounding<br />16.8 million have no water.<br />
  8. 8. The amount of water used by an African in one day is generally <br />less than an American uses in a single five minute shower.<br />
  9. 9. Many Africans are forced to <br />draw their water from the polluted<br />and disease laden bodies of water<br />available to them. <br />The same water that contains waste from the factories<br />the same water infected with pesticides and other toxins<br />the same water they use for bathing<br />the same water they use as a restroom.<br />
  10. 10. The extreme lack of purified drinking water is causing multiple <br />diseases to spread at an alarming speed and the number of <br />deaths from HIV/AIDS to increase substantially.<br />
  11. 11. In some communities, women and<br />children are forced to walk 10<br />kilometers to access the nearest<br />water.<br />
  12. 12. This is their reality.<br />
  13. 13. Sadly, Africa&apos;s children are most commonly victimized <br />by these diseases and 84% of water-related deaths are <br />in children ages 0-14.<br />
  14. 14. Most of the children, especially girls, are missing school because neither their homes nor their <br />schools provide adequate drinking water or facilities for sanitation.<br />The absent pupils&apos; future chances of escaping <br />from their families’ poverty are nearly annihilated.<br />
  15. 15. If this vicious cycle continues on its current path, Africa will <br />remain in this dismal state with little hope of revival.<br />
  16. 16. These people are crying out for our help…<br />Will we continue to neglect them?<br />
  17. 17. With little sacrifice,<br />you can help.<br />
  18. 18.
  19. 19. Most people hesitate to offer their support thinking what they are capable <br />of contributing will be insignificant; if only they knew that with a donation <br />of just one dollar, clean water can be provided for one African for one whole <br />year.<br />
  20. 20. What people hesitate to give is likely the difference between polluted and clean water, between death and life, and between despair and hope.<br />
  21. 21. Our complacency is unacceptable.<br />Our silencecannot be tolerated.<br />
  22. 22. Would YOU drink this?<br />
  23. 23. Numerous organizations with which to get involved include: <br />Blood:Water Mission, Mocha Club, LIA, and many others if <br />you simply search for them.<br />
  24. 24. However, even these<br />can’t function without<br />your help<br />
  25. 25. You can’t do EVERYTHING.<br />But, you CAN do SOMETHING.<br />