“768 million people still use unsafe drinking water” (UNICEF 2013)
“More than 125 million children under five years of age live in households without access to an improved drinking-water source”(UNICEF 2006)
“Under-five mortality in South Asia, at 92 child deaths per 1,000 live births, is the highest in the developing world” (UNICEF 2006)
These are alarming statistics. In Cambodia alone, over 20% of the deaths in children under five is contributed to contaminated water (Water for Cambodia 2013). Lack of clean water has not only led to death but poverty, poor sanitation conditions and malnutrition and at risk pregnancies within the most impoverished villages. Organizations such as UNICEF and Water for Cambodia provide water filtration systems and educate families not only on how to maintain and care for their water filtration system, but has also provided education and training on proper health, hygiene, reading, writing and mathematics. By changing the conditions of the mother’s pre-natal and full birth state, children have a better chance at healthy development and the ability to obtain an education to change their circumstances.
As educators we have a responsibility in knowing the conditions and circumstances that can prevent children from developing and maturing into productive citizens. Staying informed allow us to make educated decisions and assist in facilitating change.
Water for Cambodia (2013). Retrieved from http://www.waterforcambodia.org/
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, (UNICEF 2013). Retrieved from http://www.unicef.org/wash/
UNICEF (2006). Progress for Children: A report card on water and sanitation (Number 5, September 2006). Retrieved from http://www.unicef.org/publications/files/Progress_for_Children_No._5_-_English.pdf