World Water Day: Why CRS is Involved

March 20, 2013 by

Students at Olikwi Primary School in South Sudan draw water from the school well. Photo by Karen Kasmauski for CRS

Students at Olikwi Primary School in South Sudan draw water from the school well. Photo by Karen Kasmauski for CRS

Every day is World Water Day at Catholic Relief Services. That’s because providing safe and reliable sources of water has been an essential component of CRS’ work for more than half a century.  Currently, CRS has water and sanitation programs in more than 30 countries.  Last year, among the agency’s work to mitigate poverty and emergencies, more than 80 projects included ways to improve or deliver water and sanitation systems to communities.

Even so, according to the UN, 2.5 billion people still lack improved sanitation facilities and more than 780 million people use unsafe drinking water sources. That is why CRS is joining with millions of voices around the world this Friday, on World Water Day, to declare that it is our urgent obligation to respond to this global water, sanitation and hygiene crisis with thoughtful and effective solutions.

More about CRS’ water and sanitation programs.

 

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