When you turn on your sink tap in the morning, you expect the water that flows out to be clean and safe, right? We take it for granted, but nearly 800 million people do not have access to it and 2.5 billion have nowhere safe and clean to go to the toilet.
As a result, 2,000 children die every day from easily prevented diarrheal diseases. Millions more are unable to attend school. Millions of women are unable to work because they spend so much time caring for sick children, collecting water or searching for privacy to go to the toilet.
But we can help. My friend Jennifer Wagner of Connectwithyourteens.net told me about WaterAid, that works with local organizations to help find practical, sustainable solutions to provide safe water, effective sanitation and hygiene education to the poorest people in developing countries.
WaterAid works with individuals and their families, paying special attention to the most vulnerable people, to help them set up, operate, manage and maintain their own projects.