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A poor little girl was drinking water from a puddle

Author: Time: 12/27/2017 Read: 172

Recently, there had a hot discussion on the Internet: a photo showed a little girl was licking up water in a puddle. She wore tattered clothes, and her whole body was dirt. It is really distressing.
We take clean, safe drinking water so much for granted. However for many children around the world they do not have the same luxury. Nearly one billion people do not have access to clean, safe water - that's the equivalent of 1 in 8 people on the planet! The lack of water is an often insurmountable obstacle to helping oneself. You can't grow food, you can't build housing, you can't stay healthy, you can't stay in school and you can't keep working.
Every day millions of people in Africa, usually women and girls, walk miles to have access to any water at all. The length of time it takes to collect the little water they can get means that they do not have time to do anything else during the day. Children do not get the chance to have an education simply because they are too busy collecting water.
To make matters worse, the only water they have access to is from streams and ponds. That water is usually full of diseases and makes themselves and their families very sick. In infants and children under the age of five, one in five deaths worldwide can be traced back to diarrhea or dehydration as a result of a waterborne illness.
Children’s access to safe water and sanitation is a right, not a privilege. Access to clean water changes everything.