I am in the U.K. at World Travel Market London, the leading global event for the travel industry. Being here feels like I'm on top of the world...literally.
World travel excitement aside, I am always pleased to learn about any humanitarian effort that saves lives. This one in particular is associated with the Caribbean Village area at WTM London represented by Antigua & Barbuda, Dominican Republic, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and the Caribbean Tourism Organisation where you are able to donate £1 (less than US$2) in exchange for a glass of rum punch (of course you don't have to drink it). It's called Just A Drop, a venture to help countries have access to clean life-saving water and it's a travel industry charity that's doing good.
Here are four facts I took away from a video presentation being shown on the other side of the Just a Drop exhibit pictured above:
- 884 million people don't have access to clean safe water.
- 2.6 billion people don't have access to adequate sanitation.
- A child dies every 20 seconds because of polluted water.
- Polluted water is the biggest killer of children under the age of 5.
Horrible stats. Great initiative. And they have a special place in my heart because like me, they have not forgotten about Haiti. In fact, they've put aside £165,000 of funding from travel-related companies to help. You can read more about that here.
As you know, OneBrownGirl.com® celebrates humanitarian efforts and to that end, I am celebrating Just a Drop. If you'd like to find out how you can help, please click here. You won't get a rum punch, but you will have made a difference. Thanks for listening. =)