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Blog Action Day 2010: Water

Last year we participated in Blog Action Day. A day that is held every October 15th, uniting the world’s bloggers in a posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking discussion around an issue of global importance. This year bloggers are turning the spotlight on Water. Everyone needs water to survive. Living in the United States, I am fortunate to have clean water to drink. I just have to walk a few steps to the tap in the kitchen. This is not the case all over the world. Did you know that 1.1 billion people on the planet do not have access to clean drinking water? That is one in eight people. Unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all disease and kill more people than war. Imagine having to walk hours every day to get dirty water. And then having to give it to your children because you have no other choice. There are great organizations, like Charity: Water, that are working diligently on bringing clean, safe water to people in need. 100% of public donations to Charity: Water goes directly to water projects including: hand-dug wells, deep wells (boreholes), rehabilitations, spring protections, rainwater harvesting schemes, and biosand filters. All operating costs are covered by a group of private donors so every dollar donated can go to people in need. Just $20 can give one person clean water for 20 years. An average water project costs $5,000 and can serve 250 people with clean, safe water. Clean water can change everything. Check out the links below for more information on Charity: Water and Blog Action Day.