25 years ago, the UN designated March 22 as World Water Day so that we would focus our attention on the importance of water in our lives.
Water is vital to our survival. In fact, our bodies are about 60-70% water. It is the main ingredient of who we are and is an essential component to every single cell in our body. Clean water is fundamental to our health, yet 2.1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water in their homes.
Imagine if you turned on the faucet and nothing came out. Or what if the water carried bacteria that could make you and your family sick? How would you drink, bathe, go to the bathroom, or wash your clothes and dishes? Our dependence on water is clear. In the United States, we are fortunate to have access to clean water. We are so used to having water, we take it for granted. For us it seems to be a standard part of modern life. But the truth is, clean water is a luxury that 1 out of 9 people in the world do not have. Even a toilet is a luxury that 1 out of 3 people do not have. In fact, more people have cell phone than a toilet!
World Water Day was created to help inspire people to learn what they can do to help water-related issues and what we can do to protect and manage this vital resource. The water crisis is a huge issue that is not going to solve itself. Universal access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) is something that we all need to help work towards. Global issues like these need global support and attention and awareness.
In developing countries, the task of gathering water falls on the females in the family. Women and girls spend up to 6 hours a day to collect water. Carrying 3-4 gallons of water is physically grueling work that takes a toll on their bodies. It steals time away from school, work and caring for the family. Many times, if they do not have the money to pay for clean water at pumps they will get it from a stream or lake that is contaminated with bacteria that can make the sick. Right now, a child under the age of 5 dies every two minutes due to dirty water. If you only had the choice of no water, or water that might be dirty, what would you do to keep your family alive?
We here at Love Bottle believe that access to clean water is a basic human right. With every bottle we sell, we help to get clean water to people who need it. We have partnered with Global Water (globalwater.org) and helped create a clean water station at a school in Guatemala that serves over 300 students. Now instead of walking to get clean water, they get to go to school and receive an education. This changes their lives, the life of their families and thus their communities. Clean water allows a community to flourish instead of being stuck in poverty.
In 2017, Love Bottle has worked with Global Water to get clean water reservoirs in Syria, where bombing has left them dependent on bottled water for survival. Creating and preparing reservoirs allows residents to remain at their homes instead of having to uproot their families in search of a more stable water source.
From World Water Day, March 22 until Earth Day, April 22, Love Bottle will donate $5 for every Love Our Waters bottle sold to help support Global Water create clean water solutions.
What can $5 do? $5 can help a person in a Nicaraguan village to have clean, safe water for a month. $5 can allow 2 Syrians to stay in their homes with access to clean water. Join us in our mission to help get clean water to the people who need it, and in raising awareness of this global crisis. Together we can make a difference. Together we can create change.
Thank you for all that you do.
Minna Yoo, Founder - Love Bottle