The last weeks showed us in high intensity that fresh water is getting more valuable, even in countries that used to have a lot of it. Countries and states around the world must fight the struggle of losing water and everything that comes with it.
Global NGOs like we are water, viva con aqua or Rotary fight and have fought water crises for a long time. Their focus was often to provide less developed regions with clean and secured water as well as basic sanitation. Ideas were generated to reduce the water consumption, generate natural cooling systems or use waterless toilets. A lot of these things could also help the developed countries in the near future, as every region around the world has to secure access to safe water.
For example, Rotary International and its foundation have seven areas of focus. One of them is water, sanitation and hygiene. As the organization states on the website, “Rotary is dedicated to causes that build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.”
Rotary started a program called #WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) where money is raised for example in Ghana to provide 123 schools with basic sanitation and hygiene services. In total, the Rotary foundation sent over $148 million into projects within this area of focus. They calculated that it needs $24 to provide one person with safe water.
These types of projects are nowadays especially tailored towards countries like India, Guatemala, or Kenya but they will also help us in our backyards. And a designated Rotary event around water in Germany called “Wasserforum” was one of our starting points to invest our time in this field. It made us realize, that the way we use our toilets today and flush so much water, cannot be the future.
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