2 Dollar Bills in 24 Hours
When we started researching for this article, we began with the basic question: “How do we define poverty?” Compassion International gives us an actual economic definition, “The most widely held and understood definition of absolute poverty measures poverty strictly in economic terms — earning less than $1.90 a day.”
For most reading this article, $1.90 per day is probably not even imaginable. It seems like the simplest of tasks, like using toothpaste, pouring cereal, starting our car with gas in the tank, must all cost more than $1.90.
As our research continued, we also learned from DoSomething.org that “almost half the people on planet earth–roughly 3 billion–live on less than $2.50 a day.” In addition, ”more than 1.3 billion [people live] on less than $1.25 a day, also known as extreme poverty.”
We have heard the numbers now, but what does this all mean? Is it possible for someone to live on that little money and still be okay?
There are many implications for those living in true poverty, and one of the most harmful ones that we want to address through our box this quarter is access to clean water.
Three quarters of a billion people lack clean water on a regular basis, and because of it, preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia kill two million children a year. In fact, diarrhea is the main factor leading to the death of 2,300 impoverished people a day, globally.
Who’s Working to Solve the Problem?
There are TONS of amazing organizations around the world tackling this water problem. On Charity: Water’s site, you can see nine different solutions to solve clean water problems in underdeveloped countries, including hand-dug or drilled wells.
One of our product partners this quarter, Hand In Hand, and their impact partner, My Neighbor’s Children, actually use their profits to repair wells so that thousands of people can have renewed access to clean water. Some of the wells they repair even provide clean water to 240 people daily!
What can WE do today to help?
Candidly, we really want to end this article providing you one tangible, easy takeaway for how you can help the global freshwater crisis in your daily life.
We hope that shorter showers or turning the sink off while you brush your teeth might be enough. And maybe, in a crazy way, if we all get on board with conserving freshwater in small savings amounts daily, we can all make a dramatic impact on the global freshwater supply.
We sure hope that is what the future holds; until then, here are 19 solutions to the freshwater crisis you can read about that are currently being worked on by awesome humans domestically and globally.