Water Crisis

Child deaths within their first 5 years

  • U.S. and Europe:  2 out of 1000
  • Africa: 165 out of 1000
  • Sierra Leone: 282  out of 1000 (the worst infant mortality rate  in the world)

Malnutrition is responsible for about half of those deaths, and unsafe drinking water runs a close second as a cause for childhood death.

It is estimated that as many as one-half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by people with a water-related illness.

Water Usage

  • The average American family uses about 300 gallons of water a day.
    300 Gallons = 2000 pounds = 1 ton = 50 trips to a water source
  • 30 Gallons = 250 pounds = 5 trips to a water source = 10 hours of labor if source is 2 hours away
  • The constant traveling and carrying  water devastates the productivity of people in areas lacking  access to water.

Walk for Water

Women and children in developing countries invest 200 million hours a day fetching water. That’s equal to a full-time work force of 25 million people fetching water for 8 hours a day , 7 days a week.

These hours could be spent by the adults earning an income or making a contribution to the family.  The children, who could spend these same hours in school are, instead, spending their time hauling water. Many children are also unable to attend school because they are chronically sick from their exposure to impure water.


“We could have most of the modern conveniences taken away from us, including electricity, cars, computers, and education, and we could still survive and perhaps even thrive. However, if you take away water and proper sanitation, then our health and the health of our children is threatened. If we lose our health, then we lose our motivation and our ability to go out and be productive. If we are no longer productive, and can’t support our family, then we have no dignity and no hope-no hope for the future, for our children, or for a better life. This is the life faced by nearly one billion people who live in the world without access to pure drinking water.”
~”The Hole in Our Gospel:What does God Expect of Us?” – Richard Stearn