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The world water crisis poses a serious threat to all of our futures, especially those living in poverty. It is no coincidence that in Sub-Saharan Africa, both the poverty rate and proportion of rural houses not using improved water sources are over 50%. (Source: UN MDG) The United Nations defines “unimproved water source” as from “lakes, rivers, dams and from unprotected dug wells and springs.” The availability of clean water dramatically improves health and, hence, productivity. The lack of water in schools and homes is one of the main reasons children in developing areas do not attend school. Thus, in the future, developing countries will realize a dearth in educated adults. Water is an investment in the future.
See the UN’s Millennium Development Goals website and the World Health Organization website for more information.
*The UN defines “improved sanitation” to be access to flush toilets or pit latrines. 1.2 billion people in the world practice open defecation, which poses serious health threats and threats to the safety of women who venture out alone for privacy.