Yvonne sends this in:
WaterPartners International is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping fight unsafe and inadequate water supplies. World Water Day is quickly approaching and will be celebrated on March 22, 2006! The Global water crisis is the leading cause of death and disease in the world, taking the lives of more than 14,000 people each day, 11,000 of whom are children under age 5. Did you know that the average distance that women in Africa and Asia walk to collect water is 6 kilometers? In addition to the health problems, more than 200 million hours are spent every day by women and girls walking to collect water from distant, often polluted sourcesâ€”time that could be better spent on more productive endeavors such as work and school.
Few things drive me nuttier than this and water privatization. Is clean fresh water a right or a priviledge? You’d think the answer would be easy.