Water crisis is a term used to refer to the world’s water resources relative to human demand. The term has been applied to the worldwide water situation by the United Nations and other world organizations. Others, for example the Food and Agriculture Organization, said in 2003 that there is no water crisis but steps must be taken to avoid one in the future. The major aspects of the water crisis are allegedly overall scarcity of usable water and water pollution. Lawrence Smith, the president of the population institute, asserts that although an overwhelming majority of the planet is composed of water, 97% of this water is constituted of saltwater; the freshwater used to sustain humans is only 3% of the total amount of water on Earth (Hoevel). READ MORE
SECULAR FRANCISCAN FROM WAUSAU, WI HONORED
Franciscan Peace Award Goes to African Water Project Leader Don Ryder, a Secular Franciscan who spearheaded a life-saving water project during a drought in Africa, received the National Peace Award from the U.S. Secular Franciscan Order during its annual chapter held Oct. 20-25 in Albuquerque, NM. Ryder, who is director of organizational development and safety for the city of Wausau, WI, co-leads the water project with Romey Wagner, also of Wausau. They raise funds and coordinate the digging of wells to provide clean, fresh water for Maasai tribes in Kenya.
Do you believe that everyone deserves something as simple and critical for life as clean, safe water? Do you believe a child in Sudan should spend her day in school instead of fetching dirty, diseased water from a pit? Do you believe you can make a difference? We do. Clean water changes lives. Girls return to school. Women begin small businesses. Men are no longer too sick to work. Fields are watered and food supply becomes more reliable. Health returns and children grow up to be productive members of their community. The cycle of poverty is broken. Lives change.
“When water comes…everything changes.” That’s what our driver told us as we drove from town to town in Kenya. And we see the change every time a new well brings clean water.
Clean water isn’t an end, it’s a means. Read More The Water Project
Lack of clean, safe drinking water is a global problem that we’re helping to solve. We help the rural poor in developing countries have clean, safe drinking water, giving them health and hope that leads to opportunity.
H2O = Health, Hope and Opportunity
The goal of Pure Water for the World, Inc. is to prevent children from dying and suffering from contaminated water that causes pain and misery associated with intestinal parasites and illness. We do this by providing sustainable clean, safe drinking water systems to families and communities in developing countries. Be a part of the U.N. Millennium Development Goal to provide a sustainable source of clean, safe drinking water to half of the 1.2 billion people without access to this essential human need. Get involved in providing clean, safe drinking water to others by helping us.
Pure Water for the World: Haiti from Bryan Long on Vimeo – Because of the tragic events in Haiti, Pure Water for the World is redoubling its efforts provide clean, safe drinking water to those who so desperately need it. Please browse our web site for the latest information.
While Americans fret about rising gas prices, many experts have argued that the major conflicts of the 21st century will be fought over water, not oil. With support from the Pulitzer Center On Crisis Reporting, multimedia journalists from The Common Language Project and AfrikaNews.org investigate the role of water scarcity in fueling conflict and stifling development in the Eastern African countries of Kenya and Ethiopia.