Rocker Lenny Kravitz has teamed up with UNICEF to help address a problem affecting millions of people around the world: clean water.
The singer said about the issue, “I was born in New York City and have always taken access to clean water as a given. No child should die of diarrhea from drinking dirty water. That thousands of children under the age of five continue to die every day because they lack clean water and basic sanitation is simply unacceptable.”
The good news is, the numbers are improving. Roughly 89% of the population now have clean water. It used to be 1 billion people who lacked the vital resource. Now it’s 780 million people, largely in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. However, 2.5 billion people still don’t have access to improved sanitation. And 4000 children die every day because they drink contaminated water.
In what is a pretty brilliant move, UNICEF and Kravitz are asking the public to donate $1 for every glass of tap water they drink from March 19 – 25 during World Water Week. Think that’s a lot? Think again. Most of the bottled water people shell out a buck for is just filtered tap.
Just one dollar can provide a child with clean water for 40 days, or 40 kids with clean water for one day. Clean water helps prevent disease, death, and even gives children the time to go to school instead of traveling miles each day to get water for their families. One dollar to help with all that? That’s what I’d call bang for your buck!