Before plunging into how you and we can fundraise for water crisis in India and eradicate the issue from the root, here are some facts and figures.Follow this blog for increased awareness, moving stories, and information on how you can be the change. Let's fundraise for water crisis in India.
- Water-related diseases claim one human life every six seconds.
- 783 million people do not have access to clean water.
- We use 20-50 litres of safe freshwater a day for drinking, cooking and cleaning.
- A person taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day.
- More people have a mobile phone than a toilet.
Have we managed to grab your attention, or should we go on?
Do you know that as little as one dollar can provide clean water for a child in a developing country for an entire year?
Billions of people around the world struggle for just a tiny fraction of our daily water usage. And we believe that microfinance can provide a means to create a strong, sustainable change in the Water and Sanitation situation. The problem here is not so much the scarcity, but rather the access, of clean water and proper sanitation.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, a woman spends 16 hours per week on average fetching water, giving up the opportunity to do any productive work. If a microfinance initiative for water and sanitation is used to set up access to clean water, the lost hours of women and children could be used productively, raising the income of the household and increasing the welfare of the rural society.To add fuel to the fire, it has been proven that the rural poor actually pay more for the insufficient water they get than the urbanites would pay for the same amount of water, whether due to transportation problems, corruption, or any other situation.
Water-borne and water-related diseases due to lack of sanitation kill more people each year than literally any other cause on Earth - more than even the bloodiest of wars. In fact, a shocking 80% of all illnesses in the developing world are due to lack of clean water and proper sanitation. Microfinance provides us with a tantalizingly simple method to fix this: and happily, it is a method that has been proven to cause tangible changes in millions of communities in various third-world countries.
Ideally, the lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation is a problem that should be addressed by international aid. However, this has been proven to have not happened in the past, and not likely to happen in the future, either. The void between the problem and the solution can be filled, if properly done, by microfinance organizations like Milaap crowdfunding platform.
It is typical of even a socially aware citizen to believe that one person cannot make a difference to a problem as vast and widespread as this. But we assure you, that is not the case. Help us make the change. Lend a little today. With the money you give, a child, a family or even an entire community will be happier and healthier.