Water covers about 70% of the planet's surface, and only 3% of that is freshwater that contains little or no salt. Most of that freshwater is frozen, which means that only about 1% of all the water on Earth is available for drinking and
other uses. That's why it is so important to take care of the water we have.
Think of all the ways you use water every day. People use water for things like washing their hands, brushing their teeth, bathing and flushing the toilet. People also use lots of water for cooking, cleaning, and of course, drinking.You
may even go swimming in it! If you are lucky, water always seems to be there. It comes out of the tap every time you turn it on. The world has lots of water, but it also has lots of living things (including people)that need it.
Unfortunately, not everyone has water when they need it.
More than 500 million people around the world have no safe clean water supply. This affects our health. Millions of people die every year dfrom diseases caused from using dirty water. Many of them are children under the age of 5. Little
or no water prevents many young children, especially girls, from going to school. They are busy helping their mothers fetching water. A lack of clean water means the no toilets or dirty toilets in schools. We can practice water conservation
by only using what we need and by keeping our water clean.
Women have to walk long distance just to fetch water Children miss school because they have to help fetch waterPeople have to share water with wildlife from dry rivers
Many people have no water at home and have to bath in rivers. Many other people have to search for water in dry rivers. Other people have to dig holes just to find water.
Maazingira is a subsidiary of Makuti Kids, a technology based educational programme that aims to create awareness on Natural Resource Management amongst young people.
Our Chilren are the custodians of the future, what are we leaving behind for them.