In everything we do, we keep a razor-sharp focus on UN Sustainable Development Goal #2: Zero Hunger by 2030. Goal #2 is the guidepost by which we plan and execute our efforts to nourish and empower people all over the world. But we know there are other challenges to overcome in order to create a future in which vulnerable individuals around the globe to truly thrive.
That’s why today, we focus our lens on Sustainable Development Goal #6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
On this 25th Annual World Water Day we recognize that 2.1 billion people around the world do not have access to safe drinking water in their homes, leading to hours spent searching for and hauling water — hours better spent with their families, in classrooms and earning wages.
Promoting access to clean water is interwoven into our efforts to:
The water filters we ship alongside our meals are portable, inexpensive and easy to use, with a shelf life of 10 years and can filter more than 100 gallons a day. We also distribute soap and work with partner organizations to train community health promoters on the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program, teaching best practices on water, sanitation and hygiene issues, leading to improved health and life expectancy.
From supporting a grassroots clean water project for people and their livestock in India, to partnering to drill deep wells in Cambodia to provide access to clean, safe water for household and garden use, we recognize that communities with ample water for their people, animals and crops are empowered communities.
Clean water is especially critical in the wake of natural and man-made disasters. In Uganda, we support food security in two refugee settlements: Kiryandongo and Rwamwanja. In addition to school meals, our volunteers donated the necessary resources, combined with the efforts of the international community and the Government of Uganda, to provide access to clean water to the refugee communities in and around Kiryandongo.
We will continue to strive to create a world in which sustainable access to food and water is no longer a luxury. You can make a difference by spreading the word! Share our World Water Day graphic below on your social media networks.