Worldly Wednesdays: SocialVibe & Charity:Water

April 28, 2010 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Everyday thousands of people die from a lack of clean water.

Here are just a few facts courtesy of water.org:

  • 3.575 million people die each year from water-related disease.
  • 43% of water-related deaths are due to diarrhea.
  • 84% of water-related deaths are in children ages 0 – 14.
  • 98% of water-related deaths occur in the developing world.
  • 884 million people, lack access to safe water supplies, approximately one in eight people.
  • The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.
  • At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from a water-related disease.
  • Less than 1% of the world’s fresh water (or about 0.007% of all water on earth) is readily accessible for direct human use.
  • An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the typical person living in a developing country slum uses in a whole day.
  • About a third of people without access to an improved water source live on less than $1 a day. More than two thirds of people without an improved water source live on less than $2 a day.
  • Poor people living in the slums often pay 5-10 times more per liter of water than wealthy people living in the same city.
  • Without food a person can live for weeks, but without water you can expect to live only a few days.
  • The daily requirement for sanitation, bathing, and cooking needs, as well as for assuring survival, is about 13.2 gallons per person.

To help bring light to this cause, I’ve added a badge on the right with the help of SocialVibe to support charity:water.  SocialVibe is a social media utility connecting people with brands, empowering them to engage with sponsors and share branded content with their social graph to benefit a cause of their choice.  With SocialVibe, individuals make a positive, measurable impact for the charity of their choice just by completing branded activities such as brand polls and surveys.  Best of all, you make a difference and its ABSOLUTELY free!

For more information about charity:water, check out this video:

charity: water videos

charity:water may not be your cause, and thats totally okay.  The important thing is to get involved and help out where you can.  Check out SocialVibe to find a cause that’s right for you and give, give, give.

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