Our final giving spotlight of the season supports one our most essential needs in daily life: access to safe water. As the global water crisis continues to leave more than 800 million people without safe water, Water.org is making safe water access affordable for millions of families. We’re donating $5 to Water.org for each Holiday Set sold through January 14th.
According to the World Health Organization and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme, “1 in 9 people lack access to safe water and 1 in 3 lack access to a toilet.” This global crisis disproportionately affects women and children. Safe, regular access to water and sanitation is essential not only to the health of a community but also to education and the overall economy. Sometimes, the biggest hurdle a family faces in securing safe household water and a toilet is financial--it’s a significant investment to make at all at once. According to Water.org, about half of those in need of regular access to safe water could use the existing water infrastructure in their communities, but financial barriers have prevented that. With microfinancing through their WaterCredit program, Water.org has helped millions of people around the world to bring safe water and sanitation into their homes with small, affordable loans.
The change they’ve been able to bring about so far is astounding. They’ve helped more than 9 million people in Asia, Africa, and Latin America benefit from access to safe water. Over 1.9 million microloans have been disbursed through WaterCredit. In addition to microloans, Water.org also provides charitable donations, invests to support more microfinancing for long-term water solutions, and partners with other experts and organizations working to end the water crisis around the world.
As we start a new year, we want to thank you all again for making 2017 so special with your support for these wonderful causes. You can learn more here about how you can support and get involved with Water.org’s mission to end the global water crisis.