Many women and children across the world spend up to six hours a day walking for water, leaving them little time to do much else. Millions walk an average of 6K. Tragically, their time and effort goes on collecting water that is often dirty and unsafe. This can lead to diseases such as diarrhoea, dysentery and cholera, which cause the deaths of about 4,000 children every day.
To raise awareness about this global issue, Asamoah Gyan calls on you to join the World Walks for Water and Sanitation from March 17-25.
In 2011, more than 350,000 people took action and walked together to send a strong message to their governments to take the actions needed to ensure clean water and sanitation for all.
By acting together all over the world, we can make governments take the actions needed to ensure clean water and sanitation for all. Now is the time to tell the world’s politicians about our concern! Now is the time the World Walks for Water and Sanitation!
For more startling facts about the global water crisis, click here.
We want the World Walks for Water to make governments take the actions needed to ensure safe sanitation and clean water for all. That means keeping the promises they have already made as part of the Millennium Development Goals, including halving the proportion of people without access to sanitation and water by 2015.
To meet these goals, sanitation and water must become:
- A political priority. Water and sanitation are too often neglected by governments, both rich and poor. And it fails to receive the political attention it requires. This has to change if real progress is to be made. Investment in water and sanitation is a small commitment compared to the scale of the problem and the return it could yield. Often the investment doesn’t go to the countries and communities that need it most.
- A funding priority. More and better targeted money is needed to make sure that any country with a good plan to ensure services for their citizens can deliver it. Water and sanitation is key to improving health, education and good nutrition – all are needed to end poverty.
Plans for all these should be integrated, with water and sanitation no longer being forgotten.