14 March: Get perspective

Tsiry Nantenaina Randrianavelo, Madagascar “Rain is getting scarce, lakes and rivers are dry. Thus, our basic right to water is not respected. Our children are suffering from malnutrition and thirst.”

Get perspective. 4 of 10 people worldwide lack sufficient water, which starts at 50 liters per person per day. Look at your water bill and evaluate how your water use compares to that of people around the world.


Worldwide, 4 out of 10 people do not have sufficient water. Because sufficient water underlies all aspects of our lives, these people are at risk of thirst, hunger, and disease.

Having a supply of water is just the first step. It is as important that the water be clean and that sanitation be provided. Clean water and sanitation reduces the risk of illnesses such as diarrhea, which takes the lives of 1.5 million children, mostly under the age of 5, each year.

After you examine your own water use, offer to lead a discussion of water use and water poverty in your parish. Everyone in the group should bring in his or her own water bill, compare to the global average, and find ways to save water at home. This is an occasion to celebrate the commitment and increased sustainability of your parish.

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