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The Problem of the Scarcity of Fresh Water

The Problem of the Scarcity of Fresh Water

 

 

Water Changes Everything

 

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0:00. water
0:03. it's life's most basic need
0:06. but there's a water crisis in our world right now
0:10. seriously a crisis nearly 1 billion people live without clean drinking water
0:16. it's happening all over the world especially in developing areas of
0:20. sub-saharan Africa Southeast Asia and Latin America
0:23. it's a water crisis because it starts with water but water affects everything
0:30. education health
0:33. poverty and especially women and children
0:37. let's look at a family caught in the water crisis it's likely they live on
0:41. less than a dollar a day when they're thirsty
0:44. they can't just turn on the faucet for a nice cold glass of water
0:48. they don't have a faucet instead the women and children go off to collect
0:53. water
0:55. many walk up to three hours a day to the nearest swamp pond or river to gather
1:01. water that's been sitting out in the open
1:04. exposed to all kinds of germs time spent gathering water is time they can't spend
1:11. learning to read right
1:13. earn an income or take care of their family some women in sub-saharan Africa
1:18. spend more time collecting water than any other activity they do in the day
1:22. and the walk isn't just hard it's dangerous
1:27. the women are alone and burdened with 40 pounds of water
1:30. many get hurt sometimes they're even attacked when they make it home
1:35. the little water they've collected is include some families know their water
1:40. is contaminated with germs that cause diarrhea dehydration even death
1:46. but what choice do they have kids especially babies are affected most by
1:51. these germs about every 19 seconds
1:54. a mother loses one of her children to a water related illness and each day
1:59. almost a billion people are living this way until they get a little help
2:08. the water crisis is solvable there are solutions
2:12. some are brand new and innovative like water filtration systems
2:15. some are age-old like drilled or hand-dug Wells these solutions bring
2:20. clean water much closer to the people who need it
2:23. a safe water project near a village restores hours each day to a person's
2:27. life
2:27. this time it's opportunity its freedom to go to school and get an education to
2:33. work or start a business to raise a family
2:37. Africa alone could save 40 billion hours each year
2:40. that's the entire annual workforce of France
2:43. clean water means less disease that's less money spent on medicine which means
2:48. more money for books and school uniforms
2:51. and if the water project is building our school it can increase attendance
2:56. especially among young girls the water crisis is vast but we can solve just
3:01. twenty dollars can provide one person with access to a clean-water project in
3:06. their village and this will mean more than clean water
3:12. because water changes everything
3:18. join us

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