We care! And we know you care too.
Did you know that every 2 minutes a child dies from a water-related disease as a result of lack of water?
According to the World Wild Fund organization, today 1.1 billion people don't have access to water. By 2025, two-thirds of the world's population may be facing water shortages.
These numbers are insane! But you could wonder, how is it possible when 70% of our planet is covered with water? So, let’s figure it out together.
As you know, in nature there are saltwater and freshwater. Freshwater is the one we need for drinking, bathing in, and irrigating the farm fields. The problem is that out of this 70% only 3% is freshwater, and 2/3 of that is in frozen glaciers and unavailable for us to use. So, as you understand, freshwater is only 1% and is incredibly rare!
But you could argue, that it was always a situation and humankind still live. That’s true, but together with the development of our civilized modern world, many of the water systems that help ecosystems to feed growing human populations are compromised and damaged. A lot of lakes and rivers are too polluted to use. Moreover, climate change causes drought and water scarcity in some areas, while flooding in others. In developing communities, the task of collecting water falls on women and children. As a result, women are often unable to get jobs, and children spend on average 6 -8 hours every day carrying a water jerry can that weighs up to 44 pounds instead of going to school and getting an education. Waterborne diseases are responsible for more deaths a year than HIV, Malaria, and all world violence combined.
Most of us don’t feel a water crisis in our everyday life because we have the luck to live in rich developed parts of the world. But while we have enough water to swim in, some people don't have enough water to drink.
We, a team of Swimii, can’t stand aside! We believe in giving back to society and we want to be a part of the solution to the water crisis!
Therefore, we collaborate with the world’s largest nonprofit youth water organization - Thirst Project. With every order you place we donate an entire monthly supply of water for one person to this inspiring organization. Thirst Project builds hand pump borehole freshwater wells with bio-send water filters in 13 different countries. They are responsible for 3500 projects that serve more than half a million people. The organization’s strategy is to choose not the latest million-dollar technologies, but instead, simple things that work and could be easily used, managed, and repaired by the people of developing communities without ongoing fuel costs on running a generator. Thirst Project has a huge impact in areas of health and sanitation, food security, economic development, and education.
They have inspired our Swimii team and, we hope, you too to take action, even a small one, and to help stop a water crisis. Every purchase on Swimii creates change! You provide the entire monthly supply of water for one person. So, let’s be kind and conscious, and let’s help together!
Data sourced from the UN, WWF, and Thirst Project.