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Blog Action Day: The Need for Clean Water

By Opportunity International

Today is Blog Action Day from change.org. The theme this year is the worldwide struggle for clean, safe drinking water. “Why Water?” asks change.org. “Water is a global issue, deserving a global conversation.”

A few facts from charity: water, one of this year’s Blog Action Day partners:

Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us.

In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year just walking for water. Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection, walking miles to the nearest source, which is unprotected and likely to make them sick.

Time spent walking and resulting diseases keep them from school, work and taking care of their families.

With safe water nearby, women are free to pursue new opportunities and improve their families’ lives. Kids can earn their education and build the future of their communities.

Water is an issue that affects the health, well-being and the economic stability of women, children and families. Read all the featured blog posts  for Blog Action Day 2010 and take action.

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