11 July, 2018: World Population Day
World Population Day seeks to raise awareness of the rapid increase in the world’s population. In the last 50 years, the world’s population has more than doubled, and it is currently estimated that 83 million people are added to the total each year. This incredible growth in population is affecting the world’s water systems, and WWF state that 41% of the world’s population live in river basins that are under water stress. While population increases, so does water scarcity. 2.1 billion people across the globe lack access to safely managed drinking water, and by 2025, it is estimated that two-thirds of the world’s population may suffer from water shortages. This year’s theme focuses on family planning as a human right, and water scarcity remains a crucial obstacle in the sanitation and hygiene needs of menstruation, pregnancy and child birth. DROP4DROP has local knowledge, close ties with in-country partners, and years of experience in many of the world’s most water stressed areas such as India, Uganda and Mozambique. Additionally, DROP4DROP are starting projects in four new countries throughout 2018: Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Ethiopia. With your help, donations, and continued hard work from the drop4drop team, we can help tackle the problems World Population Day raises awareness of and work towards alleviating the World Water Crisis.