Clean Water at H20:DC

increase-health-practiceA flushing toilet, washing your hands, water coming out of the faucet…three things that many Westerners can’t imagine living without.

Our concept of water started with our first sips of clean H2O. Then, when we were potty trained, we learned the importance of washing our hands. This was simultaneous with knowing the toilet flushed and water came out of the faucet.

While this is common knowledge to us, in many countries today—people don’t use toilets or  latrines. It happens all out in the street, bushes or wherever. This often contaminates water and spreads diseases.

Clean water just isn’t around. It’s usually a long walk to find any water source, and most likely, it’s contaminated. This is how 768 million people on our planet are living.

So as a pre-celebration for this year’s World Water Day on March 22, Food for the Hungry (FH) and other non-profit organizations are getting together in Washington D.C.—and they want you to join them. On March 12 and 13, FH and other organizations, like World Vision, will be hosting the H2O: DC conference.

The conference features several interesting speakers who will challenge and educate you…inspiring you to help solve this world problem.

As we are so close to fighting off extreme poverty—let’s show that same passion to address water. It’s predicted by the year 2030, that if we continue to work as we do—the number of people living in extreme poverty will be zero. Wouldn’t it be great to do the same with water?

Water, Sanitation and Hygeine (WASH) projects are getting clean water to families, saving children’s lives and helping communities thrive. In Mozambique, FH’s WASH programs have given clean water to 42,500 people and built 45 family and 22 school latrines. Last reports showed 98 percent of the parents and caregivers (that we are working with) are washing their hands before preparing food and after using the latrine!

These are great accomplishments in addressing this crucial problem that costs lives—and most of those lives belonging to children under age 5.

Will you join us in Washington D.C. this year? We’d love to see you there. And tell your friends to come, too. Together, we can bring clean water to the world.

About Renee Targos

Renee is a former journalist and editor for national arts and business publications. As a writer for Food for the Hungry, Renee explores and reports on the work and relationships of partners, FH staff and impoverished communities.

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