Following on from Reverend Anthony Perry’s harvest assembly in October, today Mr Lea talked to us about the value of water.
Nearly a billion people worldwide have limited access to clean water, and the crisis disproportionately affects women and girls. The chore keeps girls out of school and women from more productive economic activities. Women in many developing countries are expected to supply water while men tend to other chores.
People in the developing world walk an average of 3.5 miles for clean water, because there is not enough of it nearby. The United Nations’ refugee agency estimates that more than half the world’s refugee camps don’t have the recommended minimum daily water requirement.
A United Nations report urges governments to guarantee that each person has at least 20 litres of clean water a day, regardless of wealth, location, gender or ethnicity. If water was free to the poor, it could trigger the next leap forward in human development. But many Sub-Saharan Africans still get less than 20 litres a day. By contrast, the average Briton uses 150 litres a day while Americans use around 600 litres a day.
Mr Lea showed us a video of a poem about a girl who has to walk miles every day to collect water:
In our moment of silence, we reflected on how lucky we are to have access to clean water, and what we can do to make a difference for those who don’t.