March 22nd is World Water Day, a day when the world turns its attention to the global water crisis. Without water, life would not exist. It is a prerequisite for all human and economic development. Yet today, 750 million people - about 1 in 9 - lack access to safe water. More than twice that many, 2.5 billion people - about 1 in 3 - don’t have access to improved sanitation. For the vast majority of the nearly one billion people without safe drinking water, today’s water crisis is not an issue of scarcity, but of access.
Benjamin Franklin was an author, printer, theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, activist, and diplomat. He established the world's first public library, signed the Declaration of Independence, and played a key role in the founding of the United States.
As a community of givers and change agents, we all know that the spirit of giving means that you provide without the expectation of receiving. As you read before, your help has allowed us to touch the lives of over one million people all over the world. Recently, we received a letter from a group of people whose lives have been changed directly by your efforts, and we are honored to be able to share the message.
There are basic rights, and moreover, necessities that we feel are inherent to human life. At the very top of this list would be access to food and water, the core resources needed for survival. As human beings living in the civilized world we often take these things, along with many of the conveniences of our society, for granted. When we are hungry, we usually have a plethora of dining options a search query away. The supermarket industry has completely transformed the way we consume food and the length of ‘walking distance’ seems to be shrinking exponentially. When one is not within ‘walking distance’, we utilize public transportation, or hop in our cars and drive to the store. In the current, fast-paced technology driven world we live in, it really is almost inconceivable for the average person not to take for granted the ease in which we can access a basic necessity like food.
It’s our Brand Manager Trevor Roger’s birthday today! A couple of days ago, he emailed the Sevenly team, letting us know that he does not want presents… but if we want to, we could help him fund clean water projects instead!