Monday, March 19, 2007

World Water Day 2007

The World Bank Water Week 2007 is just over, and the UN World Water Day is coming on March 22.

'Coping with Water Scarcity' is the theme for World Water Day 2007. This year's theme highlights the increasing significance of water scarcity worldwide and the need for increased integration and cooperation to ensure sustainable, efficient and equitable management of scarce water resources, both at international and local levels.

Last year, drought in Tanzania made water a key issue for the School of St Jude. Water was severely rationed, and volunteers learned the value of buckets for all kinds of uses.

Take a look at this useful UN website about Coping with Water Scarcity, and discover how poor countries and poor people are affected by lack of safe water supplies.

My regular readers will know that I love maps — you only have to browse through a few posts to pick that up! — so here is a GREAT map from Maplethorpe that shows worldwide access to water and sanitation. Tanzania is rated as high risk because only 73% of people have access to safe drinking water, and only 46% have safe sanitation.

To take immediate action, you can click on the Chipin widget on this website to make a small donation that will help secure safe drinking water for the School of St Jude — fighting poverty through education.

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