We are about to enter the month of March, and we want to use this month to bring awareness to a really important issue still effecting parts of the world today. Did you know there are still billions of people in the world who lack access to clean water? There are many marginalized groups of women, children, refugees, and indigenous people who try to access safe water but are unable to do so.

Worldwaterday.org says: “The human right to water entitles everyone, without discrimination, to sufficient, safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic use; which includes water for drinking, personal sanitation, washing of clothes, food preparation, and personal and household hygiene.”

Though humans have rights to clean drinking water, there are still some going without and we can’t turn a blind eye to the staggering statistics.

Key Facts:

• 2.1 billion people live without safe water at home.
• One in four primary schools have no drinking water service, with pupils using unprotected sources or going thirsty.
• More than 700 children under five years of age die every day from diarrhea linked to unsafe water and poor sanitation.
• Globally, 80% of the people who have to use unsafe and unprotected water sources live in rural areas.
• Women and girls are responsible for water collection in eight out of ten households with water off-premises.
• For the 68.5 million people who have been forced to flee their homes, accessing safe water services is highly problematic.
• Around 159 million people collect their drinking water from surface water, such as ponds and streams.
• Around 4 billion people – nearly two-thirds of the world’s population – experience severe water scarcity during at least one month of the year.
• 700 million people worldwide could be displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030.

So why are there still people without access to clean water options? It’s because though we know clean drinking water is a human right, there still isn’t access for the marginalized groups and not enough being done about it. One of the main things that needs to be done is to create awareness and to raise funds to create safe water options in other countries. Some organizations doing that are pictured below:

It’s Time To Act

Go to World Water Day Resources and use the campaign material there to share across your social media channels to show your friends and contacts the reality of the water crisis in various parts of the world. Starting a conversation is vital to inspire action! After you share, it’s time to act and take the first step! You can organize a charity event to raise money to support organizations working to change the water crisis or attend an event.

Tell us in the comments what you plan to do to make a difference and bring clean water to everywhere in the world?