Tribe Challenge – Water for Others
Be an advocate for those who don’t have access to adequate and sanitary drinking water.
For you, the most difficult thing about drinking water this week is probably dealing with sugar cravings and caffeine withdrawal (if you are simultaneously decreasing your caffeine intake). Right now, billions of people around the world, however, are drinking unsanitary water that could be making them sick.
- Each year, approximately 502,000 humans die from diarrhea caused from unsafe drinking water (1).
- 2 billion people drink water contaminated with feces (1).
- 844 million people lack basic drinking water service (1).
Lack of water is not just a global issue. It is estimated that 1.6 million people in the United States don’t have access to a toilet, tub/shower or running water (2).
This week, focusing on helping others have access to sanitary drinking water might help you shift your focus away from your sugar cravings. As a tribe, decide how you can advocate or help someone that has limited access to water. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Research water access organizations and choose one for your tribe to become involved with.
- If you have kids or grandkids in school, click the following link to retrieve a toolkit for water access in schools. Become involved at your child’s school to assure all kids have adequate access to drinking water during school hours: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/npao/wateraccess.htm.
- Week #6’s tribal challenge will be walking to raise money for charity. Start now by using CharityMiles.org to raise money for a charity such as charity: water or begin planning an event (such as a community walking event) for week #6 to raise money for a water charity of your choice.
- Identify someone in your community that could use safe drinking water, and develop a course of action to help them.
Step #1: Plan it together! Decide how you will help someone else have access to clean drinking water.
Step #2: Share it! Tell someone outside of your tribe what your tribe will be up to this week.
Step #3: Complete it! Follow through with your plan.
Step #4: Post it! Be an agent of change and post the results of your work on your personal social media accounts with #Zero2HealthyHuman to be entered into our weekly giveaway. The more you post with #Zero2HealthyHuman, the more you inspire others and the more chances you have at winning. So be sure to let your friends know all that you are accomplishing through Zero to Healthy Human.
- World Health Organization, Drinking water key facts, Accessed November 5th, 2018 < http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/drinking-water >
- The Environmental Finance Blog, Clean water access challenges in the United States, Accessed November 5th, 2018 <efc.web.unc.edu/2018/02/13/clean-water-access-challenges-in-the-united-states/>