A report by the Millenium Development Goals estimates 783 million people, which is 11% of the worlds population, are denied access to readily available clean water. Readily available is loosely defined, and may mean one central pump in a village, not directly to a persons home. Even in the United States, officials struggle with getting clean water back after natural disasters, or environmental ignorance as in Flint, Michigan. As a society, an American society, a global society, we can do better.
We have a few charitable priorities, and organizations that focus on creating sustainable access to basic resources is one. We happen to do this as part of our church because of a streamlined process directly to Africa and some matching funds, but there are many ways to do so directly. I periodically go on water.org's web site and am inspired by some of the stories on the solutions page. Small micro loans making a huge difference in small communities. Loans, not just charitable donations, where the community members define the solutions and are able implement what works for them. Additional wells and filtration systems ensuring the water is safe. Creative ways to irrigate crops and water livestock, upping the self sufficiency of families and communities.
I appreciate that not everyone has means to donate, or have other equally valuable missions to support, so this is not a plea to direct your resources to my cause. It is a plea to conserve more, protect our current water more, learn more, and speak out more. as you hear of ideas in your own community, help champion solutions to water access as a basic human right.