A Grueling 50 Rounds of Golf Scores Big For Clean Water
A Grueling 50 Rounds of Golf Scores Big For Clean Water. Despite millions of dollars spent on well meaning efforts access to clean water is still a problem for millions. That has not deterred Clay Phillips from giving it another effort. Philips plans to play 50 rounds of golf in 50 states in just 50 days. Why is clean water important?
It makes people healthier by eliminating water borne diseases and promoting better sanitation. Diseases from dirty water kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Between 2 to 5 million people die each year from water-related illnesses and over 40% of those deaths are children under five years old. Read the previous sentence again.
Clean water gives people more time.
When people no longer have to walk many miles each day to access water for household tasks like cooking, cleaning, and washing, they are freed to grow food, attend school, enter the workforce, and to better their families, communities and national economies. In Africa alone, women spend 40 billion hours a year walking for water. Yes, 40 BILLION.
Clean water helps end the Poverty Cycle.
As more people are able to enter the workforce and people are healthier, the economy of a country grows and the revolving cycle of poverty is stopped. People and countries become less dependent on “hand-outs” and emergency relief from more affluent countries and become more self-sufficient and independent. The world could also avoid spending $30 BILLION annually on the treatment of preventable, water-related diseases. This isn’t a temporary, short-term fix; it’s a deal changer. I’ve seen first-hand how access to clean water is dramatically changing families, communities, even entire regions; you’ll hear many of those stories in my upcoming social media posts.
The United Nations has multiple clean drinking water and sanitation programs throughout a number of its agencies. You can learn more here.
So please join us as Clay Phillips describes how a grueling 50 rounds of golf scores big for clean water and why access to clean water remains a problem for millions. You also can learn more here.