This Christ­mas, give gift of clean wa­ter

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION -

Dear Ed­i­tor: As you prob­a­bly know, Christ­mas is all about love, fam­ily, kind­ness, and giv­ing. Around this time of year, most fam­i­lies are cel­e­brat­ing the hol­i­day spirit.

How­ever, the hol­i­day sea­son can be a dif­fi­cult time of the year for peo­ple in need. Many don’t re­al­ize that thou­sands of peo­ple are strug­gling ev­ery day to make a liv­ing. We, as a so­ci­ety, can help one an­other. How can we do this? We can help do­nate or fundraise money for peo­ple who are in need of our help by giv­ing to char­ity as a way of giv­ing a gift. In­stead of spend­ing so much money on Christ­mas gifts, the money can be do­nated to help peo­ple in need.

One in nine peo­ple around the world lack clean wa­ter. This has be­come one of the most ma­jor global is­sues that we face. Ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion, about 884 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide don’t have ac­cess to safe drink­ing wa­ter. This has re­sulted in a dev­as­tat­ing health cri­sis due to lack of san­i­ta­tion, which con­trib­utes to spread in­fec­tions and wa­ter­borne dis­eases.

Many kids suf­fer from chronic mal­nu­tri­tion be­cause of wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion. About ev­ery two min­utes, a child dies due to wa­ter­borne dis­eases. In many coun­tries, peo­ple have to walk miles to get wa­ter. Women are of­ten re­spon­si­ble for col­lect­ing the wa­ter. This takes time away from work, school and car­ing for the fam­ily. If women and chil­dren had ac­cess to clean wa­ter at home, they would be able to go to school and work and have more house­hold in­come.

If you could put your­self in these peo­ple’s shoes, you would see how dev­as­tat­ing their life is. Imag­ine not hav­ing ac­cess to clean wa­ter and hav­ing to walk miles to even get wa­ter; not be­ing able to take a shower and live in filth ev­ery day. No per­son should have to live like that, es­pe­cially around the hol­i­days. We, as a so­ci­ety, can help change a per­son’s life by do­nat­ing to wa­ter char­i­ties. Give dif­fer­ently this sea­son, and help these peo­ple who are strug­gling ev­ery­day.

One good place to make a do­na­tion is wa­ter.org. They have em­pow­ered 16 mil­lion peo­ple with ac­cess to safe wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion. Athena An­drews

Kingston

We, as a so­ci­ety, can help one an­other. How can we do this? We can help do­nate or fundraise money for peo­ple who are in need of our help by giv­ing to char­ity as a way of giv­ing a gift. In­stead of spend­ing so much money on Christ­mas gifts, the money can be do­nated to help peo­ple in need.

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