2000 children die daily from water shortage
Over 300,000 people across the world are expected to take action on the water and sanitation crisis between last Saturday March 16 and next Sunday March 24 to coincide with World Water Day on March 22.
These walks are organised in solidarity with the millions of people who walk great distances daily to collect water for their basic needs and the billions who have no safe place to go to the toilet.
Across the world 783 million people still lack access to clean water and 2.5 billion people still live without a safe toilet. Walkers will be calling on governments to put an end to this crisis that every day claims the life of 2,000 children less than 5 years of age.
The World Walks for Water and Sanitation events are part of the Keep Your Promises campaign, which calls on governments to honour the commitments they have made locally, nationally, regionally and globally to finance and provide access to these basic human needs.
SOS Malta works to bring Rain Water Harvesting systems, wells and boreholes to disadvantaged schools and communities in Uganda who face problems of water scarcity. This reduces the physical burden for young women in having to collect water and allows them to attend schools. Since 2009, SOS Malta has built Rain Water Harvesting tanks that will benefit thousands of children and young people. This work is also supported by Vascas Jewellers, Orienta, Fortina, Professional Marketing Services and Cleland and Souchet.
SOS Malta can be reached on www.maltawalksforwater.org