So, this week at The Purple Almond is all about water, with the beginning of my new series “Ultimate Guide to Nutrients”, which came out yesterday. In the article, I discuss water as the ultimate nutrient, without which we cannot survive.

But, unfortunately, not everyone in the world has access to clean water. The featured photo, above,  is from The Water Project. Here are some more statistics from their website:

  • 783 million people do not have access to clean and safe water worldwide.
  • 319 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa are without access to improved reliable drinking water sources
  • 1 in 9 people world wide do not have access to safe and clean drinking water.
  • In developing countries, as much as 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions.
  • 1 in 3 people, or 2.4 billion, are without improved sanitation facilities.
  • Half of the world’s hospital beds are filled with people suffering from a water-related disease.
  • Over half of the developing world’s primary schools don’t have access to water and sanitation facilities. Without toilets, girls often drop out at puberty.
  • Almost two-thirds, 64% of households rely on women to get the family’s water when there is no water source in the home.
  • Girls under the age of 15 are twice as likely as boys to be the family member responsible for fetching water.
  • According to the World Health Organization, for every $1 invested in water and sanitation, there is an economic return of between $3 and $34!

But the water project isn’t the only non-profit trying to help with this crisis. May I present to you, THE THIRST PROJECT.


Thirst project started with 7 college students, who heard about the water crisis and wanted to help. With only $70, these creative students started an international non-profit organization that has raised $8 million geared toward water crisis education. Here’s a short video which shows how they did it:

The mission of THIRST PROJECT is:

“Build a socially-conscious generation of young people who END the global water crisis. We do this by educating students about it and activating them to rock the clean water cause & build real water projects all over the world. Why Water? Health and Sanitation: Waterborne diseases kill more children every single year than AIDS, Malaria, and all world violence combined. Small children typically do not have strong enough immune systems to fight diseases like cholera, dysentery, or schistosomiasis.”


For more information go to their main website: Thirst Project

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