Below is an info-graphic, of which I just created in order to show figures of just how many people around the world do not have access to clean water supplies.
With poverty everything becomes frightful because as the saying goes, ' a person never knows the worth of water till the well is dry.' " - Thomas Fuller
The EPIDEMIC of Poverty
Today, we live in a world in which some people believe it is a normalcy to have the most advanced and distinguished commodities of life. However, this is not true for everyone because there are millions of people around the world, living under poverty, who would give anything in order to have the basic needs of life. As validation of this point, it has been recorded that more than 80 percent of the world’s population lives in countries where income differentials are widening.
Therefore, it only seems reasonable that one may ask as to how has this division of lifestyles has occurred? Rather how is it that one person in America can live a life without ever having to salvage for scraps of food or live in a hut made of trash when so frequently these standards of living have become the only means by which another person in Africa lives to see another day? The answer to this question and more can be answered as one learns just how serious the crisis of poverty in has become.
Poverty is indeed a national crisis and global epidemic. In fact, Global Issues, a website dedicated to supporting global problems, reported in March 2013 that "at least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day." In addition this website also argued the notion that the poorest people on earth also have less access to health, education and other services thus leaving them with problems of hunger, malnutrition and disease. As this problem continues to degrade the lives of individuals, it is crucial that we respond with conviction and purpose towards resolving these unfortunate and shameful facts of life about poverty in our time.
The Relationship Between Poverty and Water Access IN Africa
Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American lecturer and poet during the mid-19th century once said that "Cause and effect are two sides of one fact." These profound words are very prevalent as they relate to issues occurring in modern Africa. Indeed the cause of poverty and effect of no accessible water supplies are the two sides of one fact that Africa must change in order to survive and flourish.
In other words, in Africa poorer areas have no access to clean water supplies and consequently regions in Africa that have limited water supplies are quickly becoming poor. Therefore it is evident that poverty and water access are and always will be inextricably linked. To illustrate this point, the Global Issues website estimated that "some 660 million people in Africa are considered to be poor,"and of those 660 million people in poverty, "585 million have inadequate access to water as well as lack basic sanitation." Thus, in my opinion, the best way to solve poverty in Africa will be to provide accessible water for individuals throughout Africa.
Take Action Today!
All too often the poor are marginalized from society and have little representation or voice in public and political debates. However, this trend can stop with your help. There are many avenues of change that you can pursue as a means for helping people in Africa and all over the world live resourceful, healthy, and happy lives.
As a travel enthusiast and ambassador I have always had a passion for equality and helping others.