Over 1 billion people around the world do not have access to clean drinking water. Additionally, roughly 5 million people die every year from water-related illnesses, with one child dying every 15 seconds of a waterborne disease. A less obvious facet of this dire situation is the fact that many children in developing countries are unable to attend school due to the many hours required to fetch water for the family. Here’s a staggering statistic: women and children in developing countries invest 200 million hours per day fetching water. That’s equal to a full-time workforce of 25 million people fetching water 8 hours a day, seven days a week!
Beginning tomorrow, Friday, November 5 through November 14, participating Indianapolis area restaurants will be offering a unique opportunity for customers to donate money to help fight the world water crisis. Dining customers will be asked if they would like to pay $1 or more for the tap water that would normally be free. All donated funds will go to the UNICEF Tap Project, which for $1 can provide safe, clean drinking water to a child for 40 days.
This year the UNICEF Tap Project is being held in conjunction with the Spirit and Place Festival. Help celebrate and give thanks for the fact that we are greatly blessed with easy access to clean, safe drinking water by paying for your tap water when you eat out this week!
To view a list of participating restaurants click HERE.