A large part of my role at Healing Waters International is staying up-to-date with trends in the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Sector and how global efforts are impacting the Global Water Crisis. It’s important for me to keep my eye on reports from international organizations like the World Health Organization and UN Water.
I wouldn’t say I’m completely used to the things I read—like when they mention the amount of people who live in extreme poverty. But for the most part, I am able to recognize these realities and use them to help HWI achieve our mission. Except there is one fact that stops me in my tracks every single time:
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that nearly 801,000 children younger than 5 years of age perish from diarrhea each year, mostly in developing countries.”
801,000 children die every year from diarrhea that’s most likely linked to the consumption of dirty water. I think this truth upsets me most because children under 5 don’t really have a choice of what they drink. Or it may be that this solution is solvable—we have the technology to drastically reduce the number of people drinking dirty water.
Because of this, there is truly an urgency in our mission. It is driven in large part by the children, these 801,000 that die each year. They will not grow up to live out their God-given potential on this earth. We will never know what they could have done for Jesus to bring His blessing upon the world.
My question to you, and myself, is this: what will you do today to reduce this number?