Water crisis – our common problem

According to WHO every day about 6 000 children die from water borne diseases. More than one billion people in the world lack access to clean water, 2.6 billion people don’t have adequate sanitation, moreover things are getting worse. While the world’s population tripled in the 20th century, the use of renewable water resources has grown six-fold.

Within the next fifty years, the world population will increase by another 40 to 50 %. Over the next two decades, the average supply of water per person will drop by a third, possibly condemning millions of people to an avoidable premature death.

According to WHO every day about 6 000 children die from water borne diseases, what means that each second one child passes away.

Daily, per capita, use of water in residential areas is:

* 350 litres in North America and Japan * 200 litres in Europe * 10-20 litres in sub-Saharian Africa - that’s the amount of water that we use each day in our toilet!

These are statistics, but the real situation in Africa is even worse!

People in Africa and Middle East suffer from problems that aren’t as spectacular as wars, earthquakes or tsunami. They die far away from cameras and reporters, day by day, hour by hour, as drought and diseases became something ordinary for the world opinion.

We say contemporary world is the global village. If it is so, problems should also become global. And help, shouldn’t it be global? Why don’t we care for the others?

Therefore Polish Humanitarian Organization appeals for solidarity and help. We respond to emergencies all around the world, bringing help and relief to the suffering, poor people. PHO conducts projects which aim at improving life conditions, provides access to water and sanitation systems and enables medical aid and education. We run our programs in Chechnya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka. Currently we are organizing a field mission in Sudan.

The newest “Water Campaign” is scheduled for August and September 2006. Except of rising money for our water and sanitation programs (in Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya, Sri Lanka and Sudan), we would like to make the Poles realize, that water is the most precious liquid in the World and its supplies aren’t inexhaustible. Moreover our aim is also to activate the society by building solidarity and identification with those who suffer from water shortage.

You can also help – donate money on the following bank account: BPH 63 1060 0076 0000 3310 0002 4999

When transferring money from abroad you need to use SWIFT number.

It may be more convenient for US taxpayers to donate via Charities Aid Foundation America. Thanks to global gifts program, you can donate to Polish Humanitarian Organization and receive a full tax reduction. Donate by check. To donate by check, make it payable to Polish Humanitarian Organization Foundation and send it to:

Polish Humanitarian Organization 5/3 Szpitalna Street 00-031 Warsaw Poland

Attention: the check may take up to three months to cash.

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