Goal number 6 of the UN Sustainable Development Goal is “clean water and sanitation” – a goal which I see it; essential, and a basic human right. Do we have any idea of how important accessibility to clean water and sanitation really is?
I do not think we often realize that the access to clean water and sanitation also is the key to unlocking education, work opportunities and improved health for majority of the world’s population. Today, 1 in 9 people lack the access to clean water, and 1 in 3 lack access to a toilet. I cannot imagine how life would be for me, for instance, if I lacked something so essential as this.
Women have a major responsibility in collecting water. They spend up to six hours everyday doing so. Six hours are as many hours I go to school. I would definitely not have had the same opportunities in my life if I did not go to school, so it is hard to grasp the reality of those who spend six hours everyday collecting water, missing valuable time for learning.
Water crisis = health crisis. The third leading cause of children’s death is diarrhea. Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease. Just imagine how the statistics would change if every country in the world had the access to clean water and sanitation…