Sami Rigelsky
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Cookies, Dollars & Water

 • 1.8 billion people around the world don’t have the luxury of simply walking up to their kitchen sink, lifting a faucet and having instant access to clean drinking water.

• Globally, a third of all schools lack access to safe water and adequate sanitation.

• More than 840,000 people die from a water-related disease each year, including diarrhea caused by bad drinking water, hygiene and sanitation.

• Women and children spend 125 million hours collecting fresh water every day. Individual women and children spend as many as six hours collecting fresh water daily.

• At least 160 million children suffering from chronic malnutrition are linked to unclean water and poor sanitation.

• Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease.

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The statistics are disturbing and unjust. There is no reason that this should be happening in 2017. The world has more than enough resources to combat and conquer the global water crisis. It’s overwhelming when you hear numbers like “millions” or “billions” and many times it’s easier to ignore it or pretend it doesn’t exist. Many people are unaware that this is even happening outside of their own kitchen sink. It’s hard to fathom that it can be this way for billions of people.

Fortunately, a group of mindful seventh grade girls from Holmen Middle School decided to do what they could to make a difference.