How you can help to solve the water problem affecting millions around the world

Running a busy family home isn’t easy, but one problem you probably don’t have to think about is a lack of safe drinking water. Sadly, for many people around the world, this isn’t the case. According to figures provided by the World Health Organisation, over two billion people lack access to safely managed water, while more than 800 million don’t even have a basic drinking water service. As a result, many people are becoming ill and dying due to diseases such as cholera, typhoid, hepatitis A and dysentery. Children are especially at risk, with over 360,000 youngsters under the age of five die due to diarrhoea each year.
It’s easy to feel helpless in the face of statistics like these, but there are in fact things you can do to help solve the chronic water shortages affecting so many people across the globe.

Find out about the projects being run by charities
If you want to make a difference, your first step should be to research the various charity projects that are being run to provide clean water to those in need. Many organisations are involved in safe water initiatives and you can get the lowdown on what they’re doing online. For example, the website of humanitarian aid charity sets out the important projects it is spearheading in this area, which include the building of a water desalination plant in Gaza and providing hygiene facilities and drinking water to communities in countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan.

With a little research, you should be able to find projects you feel passionate about and want to help.

Do your bit to support these causes
Once you have a particular cause in mind, it’s time to do your bit to support it. This could involve making a one off donation or setting up regular payments. Don’t worry if you can’t afford to give big sums - even a little money can have a big impact. You can contribute to these initiatives in others ways too. For example, you could give any unwanted possessions to a local charity shop, or get creative and arrange your own fundraising event.

If you can make space in your schedule, why not volunteer for your chosen charity on a regular basis? From helping out at fundraisers, to spreading the word online, to spending a few hours a week working in a charity shop, there are many different ways to play your part.

The water problems affecting people around the world won’t disappear overnight, but by taking action in these ways, you can help to address this major humanitarian issue.

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