Why Lake Oswegans Don’t Take Water for Granted

Why Lake Oswegans Don't Take Water for GrantedComing out of (I hope) one of the wettest winters in Lake Oswego I can recall, it’s easy to see how Lake Oswegans might take water for granted. But WaterAfrica is doing its best to make sure we don’t.

Founded in 2006 by Lake Oswego resident Bill Savage, WaterAfrica’s mission is to raise awareness and funds to provide water, sanitation and hygiene resources to rural Zambians. Towards that effort, the organization is hosting is ninth Walk4Water Saturday, April 23, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Foothills Park. Last year more than 300 walkers simulated the experience of villagers in Zambia, by carrying their buckets to a water source, filling them with water and returning to their starting point. They managed to help raise over $70,000.

Here are some of the statistics that compelled those volunteers to participate in this life-changing event.

●1 in 10 people in the world lack access to safe water. In Zambia, conditions are worse, with almost 2 out of every 3 people lacking this resource.

●1 in 3 people lack access to toilets; nearly half of all Zambians have no toilet to use.

●Women and children spend 125 million hours per day collecting water, preventing them from doing other things like going to school or holding a job.

●Every 90 seconds a child dies from water-related diseases.

Efforts such as those by WaterAfrica are making a difference. The World Health Organization reports that 2.6 billion people have gained access to safe water since 1990. And fewer than 1,000 children under the age of 5 die each day from diarrhea caused by inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene, compared to over 2,000 15 years ago.

Progress is a relative term when there is still so much more to be done. If these statistics speak to you, register now for Walk4Water9.

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About lovelakeoswego

I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at costellok@hasson.com or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right hand column. I would love to show you around.
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One Response to Why Lake Oswegans Don’t Take Water for Granted

  1. Sandi Swinford says:

    What a great blog. Lake Oswego is a magical place to live with so much to offer residents. Thanks for caring about access to clean water everywhere.

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