World Water Day, on March 22, is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind.
The United Nations sustainable development goal is crystal clear: water for all by 2030. By definition, that means leaving no one behind. But today, billions of people are still living without safe water. Marginalized groups – women, children, disabled people and many others – are often overlooked and, sometimes, face discrimination as they try to access and manage the safe water they need.
According to the World Health Organization, some 650 million people, or one in 10 of the world’s population, do not have access to safe water.
“Clean water is vital for human survival, especially in developing countries,” says Richard McGowan, Emmanuel International Canada (EIC) executive director. “The basic provision of adequate clean water, sanitation and hygiene in communities, at schools and in the workplace, contributes to a healthy, productive population in the countries where EIC works.”
Emmanuel International has implemented water and sanitation projects in Malawi, Philippines and Tanzania.
”Of course, having a water source at all is considered by some to be a luxury,” said Paul Jones, EIC director. “With no clean water close by, women and children could walk up to six hours every day to source enough water for their family needs.”