Sophia Yan October 7, 2015
Have you ever thought or asked yourself am I lucky? There are people out there that are suffering or wanting to just get at least one glass of water that is clean and fresh.
Firstly, while we can just reach out for our water bottle right on our desk sitting there, which takes only seconds and surprisingly, many people in Africa do not have access to clean and safe water. According to charitywater.org, “Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection, walking miles to the nearest source, which is unprotected and likely contaminated.” This illuminates how they have to walk such a long way just to get unsafe, dirty, contaminated water.
Secondly, our water is safe and drinkable. Many people in Africa have got sick and died because of the dirty water. It is extremely shocking! According to Newsela, “For nearly 800 million people on this planet, getting sick from water is a reality. They don’t have access to safe, clean water.” “Many people say sipping water, brushing your teeth and taking a shower are good for you. In other countries however, these things can be dangerous. Sometimes they even make people deathly ill.” “One major risk of drinking dirty water is diarrheal disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that the disease kills 1.5 million children every year.” These statistics illuminate how dirty water can really affect our lives and kill people.
Finally, we don’t need to fight for water. We just pay the amount of money for the amount of water we want. It’s not the same thing for Sudan, the Dinka and the Nuer tribes. According to Long Walk to Water, “No one it seemed, was sure Nuer land ended and Dinka land began, so each tribe tried to lay claim to the areas richest in water.” This illuminates how important water is to many people because they even fight for it.
Therefore, our world has a water crisis. But we can change it. We can help donate money for them to build wells to make safer, and cleaner water at every village. Girls and women won’t have to walk as far as they did to get water. So, girls can spend more time learning at school and women can spend more time cooking and doing a woman’s job. Don’t just sit there! We can make a huge change in this world to help make it better!