One of the first amazing science facts I learned as a child, was that approximately 70% of the human body is water. Of course, at that age, I thought about water in a much more simplistic way, something to drink when I was thirsty, or play in when I was hot. So, thinking about it as something that is both a universal need, and a commonality among all people never really occurred to me. In the face of pollution, and unequal distribution, finding a space to truly appreciate what water means, sometimes requires remembering that it is in the core of our beings. Tomorrow is UN World Water day, part of the Year of Water Cooperation, and an opportunity to make a difference, and donate to a project, like providing clean water in Kenya.
The Importance of Water Cooperation
We are more than just dependent on water for survival; water is who we are, and something that each and every one of us shares. From this perspective, water cooperation only makes sense. The most basic of human needs, the sustainability of our environment, and economic development, even gender equality is centered on water. For many who do not have quick access to water, the tasks of travelling long distances to collect water for daily use – often contaminated by livestock, and carrying disease, falls to the women of the community, limiting their participation in activities that generate income.
As the world’s population grows, so does the demand on water.
- Millions of people already do not have access to clean water and sanitation
- The majority of the fresh water resources are strained by irrigation and agricultural needs of providing food for the growing population.
- The world’s diet is shifting towards products like starch and meat that require significantly more water to produce.
- 90% of wastewater in the world pollutes freshwater, and productive cultural regions.
Despite all of these concerns, Water can be a tool to encourage international peace, and positive global development.
- Almost half of the terrestrial surface of the earth is covered by river basins that cross political boundaries.
- Groundwater, another important source of freshwater, also needs to be managed by regional cooperation.
- Hundreds of international agreements have been made on the basis of water agreements.
- 90 of these manage shared water in Africa alone.
- Cooperation built around water allows for more efficient and sustainable use, as well as an easier flow of information, and better living conditions
Find out more about water cooperation from UN’s World Water Day
What can you do today?
In honor of both the UN World Water Day, as well as the current Give2Girls campaign, Jolkona supports MADRE’s project of providing clean water in Kenya. This works with indigenous communities in Kenya to provide clean water collection points, water tanks near villages and schools, as well as livestock watering troughs, which reduces contamination and erosion. The impacts of clean water contribute to the UN Millennium Development Goals, of reducing diseases like Malaria, and gender inequality, and increasing environmental sustainability.
This project is especially important to women in Kenya, considering the number of other human rights issues they face. With the help of easily accessible clean water, women will have the opportunity to participate in activities that would generate income and continue to improve their quality of life. In addition, the project would contribute to invigorating the community by consulting members through the implementation process, providing training in maintaining the water systems, as well as health and hygiene.
In recognition of tomorrow’s UN World Water Day, donate as little as $45 to the clean water project in Kenya. This project is also part of the Give2Girls campaign, as clean water is vital to empowering women. Even though Give2Girls has been fully funded, through amazing donations, you will still make a difference and save lives. You will be contributing not only to the health of a community, but also to a trend of international cooperation in pursuit of clean water.
Find out how you can get more involved in the UN World Water Day.