• Diarrhea is the second largest cause of child mortality.
  • A five minute shower uses 10-25 gallons of water.
  • On average, women in Africa and Asia walk 3.7 miles a day to collect water.
  • America uses 408 billion gallons of water a day.
  • A child dies every 15 seconds of a waterborne disease.
  • 80% or all sickness in the developing world is due to water-related disease.

From NYC Twestival

These stats are the motivation behind the work of charity:water a nonprofit that brings clean and safe drinking water to developing nations.  In various cities around the world today people will come together to learn, give, and celebrate.

twestival-logo1This couldnt come at a better time.  On a personal level, learning about water scarcity and it’s economic and social impact helps me reevaluate my own privilege having grown up with clean water.  On a professional level, I am excited to participate in another example of social media being used for social change even as various people question its efficiency.

I look forward to sharing my reflections and hearing yours.  If you are going to be at a twestival tonight, please tweet or blog your experiences!