Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Blogging for Water

(no one has paid or even asked me to post this, it's just something I want to share with you all)

Notice the new widget in the top left sidebar.  With nothing more than a few clicks over there, you can help an incredible cause: Charity Water.  I first heard of them through the Cake Wrecks site several months ago, and I was excited to recently find this simple way that myself and all of you can contribute to this cause!  I hope to see the number in that counter go way up :-)  It's so simple!  You can check out a lot of other causes on Social Vibe as well, and support them on your own site or in other ways.  If you do this, feel free to share a link in the comments and I'll be sure to stop by!

"Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of diseases and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren't strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses.

90% of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are to children under five years old. Many of these diseases are preventable. The UN predicts that one tenth of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply and sanitation.

In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year just walking for water. Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection, walking miles to the nearest source, which is unprotected and likely to make them sick. 

Time spent walking and resulting diseases keep them from school, work and taking care of their families. 

Along their long walk, they're subjected to a greater risk of harassment and sexual assault. Hauling cans of water for long distances takes a toll on the spine and many women experience back pain early in life. 

With safe water nearby, women are free to pursue new opportunities and improve their families’ lives. Kids can earn their education and build the future of their communities."


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