Is water a human right or a consumer right? What do you think?
McNally High School students will be participating in a 6 kilometer walk to raise awareness towards water rights this Thursday October 10, 2013. This event is geared towards raising funds to bring clean drinking water to destitute families in the third world. When families have access to clean drinking water, the cycle of property is broken in several significant ways by:
1. Improving overall community health – More than 1 billion people use unsafe sources of drinking water and preventable water-borne diseases claim the lives of more than 5 million people annually – most of whom are children.
2. Improving the lives of women – In most rural regions of developing countries, women often shoulder an unequal share of life’s everyday chores and burdens. These take time and are energy intensive, especially collecting water, since walking to and from the water source and waiting in line can take up to four hours each day.
3. Improving the lives of young girls – Mothers often rely on their daughters for help with their heavy work load, and because of this, the girls cannot attend school.
4. Helping families grow enough food – More than 40% of Africans do not have enough food to eat on a daily basis.
Unfortunately, as of October 8, 2013, the students who signed up for the event is still below 200. The Students’ Union is expecting over 300 people to join the event this year. According to a source, the S.U. ordered 400 piece of Walk for Water shirts for the event and now that they only have less than 200 people who signed up, they are pressured on what to do to encourage more people to participate. The Students Union have one more day to encourage people to join the event. In the end it is not about the number of people who will walk for water but how those people who walked raised awareness about the water issue that is going on globally.