Each year, bloggers everywhere focus on one theme on 15-October. This is year, the topic of Blog Action Day was the access to clean and safe water.
European Soroptimists have been working for safe water since October 2007, under the general themes Soroptimists Go for Water, and Safe Water for a Safe Life.
In 2007, for the first time, the withdrawal of water resources in the world outweighed the capability of this resource to renew itself.
The amount of water used daily by an American is 400 liters, by a European 200 liters, an African can dispose of 30 liters or less, and 5 liters a day is the absolute minimum needed to survive.
More people have access to cell phones than to toilets. As a result, tons of untreated human waste make their way to water sources causing a litany of diseases, and even death.
The WHO estimates that 80% of all illnesses in the world can be attributed to unsafe water, lack of sanitation and poor hygiene.