Where water is far and land all dry
Where kids foresee in life's source supply
Carried with ropes on their back
Reality is like a cul de sac.
Such sweet and beautiful photo, yet it encourages some heavy thoughts.
Even before the World recognized Climate change danger, there were many regions around the globe where water was not always available. Residents in many areas in Africa have been used to traveling for miles on foot to find water.
But as Global warming is taking over our planet, and the lands are getting dryer at a rapid speed, less water is available. Many villages have been forced to relocate while abandoning the homes their families lived in for generations.
Clean, safe drinking water is scarce. Today, nearly 1 billion people in the developing world do not have access to it.
In places like sub-Saharan Africa, time lost gathering water and suffering from water-borne diseases limits people's true potential, especially women and girls.
Of the 783 million people without access to clean water, 40% live in sub-Saharan Africa, and more than 320 million people lack access to safe drinking water.
Nigeria has been one of the countries affected the most.
In Ethiopia, agricultural activity is by far the largest consumer of water. While Ethiopia has relatively abundant water resources, it is considered ‘water stressed’ due to rapid population growth over the last decade.
The number of people living in sub-Saharan Africa has nearly doubled in the last 25 years. Still, access to sanitation and water has improved minimally, leaving millions behind.
Data from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has shown that 25 out of the 55 countries on the African continent will record water levels below 1,700 cubic meters per capita per year by 2025, representing an acute water shortage in these countries.
A large number of small and large non-profit organizations working tirelessly trying to assist in improving the situation. One of them is our friends at Amman Imman: Water is Life are Building climate resilience among Africa's most vulnerable indigenous people by improving the infrastructure and educational programs. @ammaniman
One of the main reasons for a slow progress witnessed in the water and sanitation sector in Africa is lack of finance. The investment required to meet Africa’s water needs is estimated at US$50 billion to U$54 billion per year for each of the next twenty years. An astonishing number, isn’t it?
Blog post ✐ Nataly Rader
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