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Water, water – everywhere? Vincentian Family concern – everywhere

by | Oct 7, 2010 | Poverty: Analysis and Responses | 2 comments

Almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean drinking water. Unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all disease and kill more people than all forms of violence, including war. And this is  a concern of many members of the Vincentian Family. Click Read More to discover  the  ways they acting to remedy this situation around the world.

For more starting facts see earlier post “Startling Facts about Water”

Read on to see what the VincentianFamily is doing…

Systemic Change project involving Twinning with Ocoas in the Dominican Republic and  the US SVDP Slide presentation

The Vincentian Family in Italy

Between 2008-2010, all the branches of the Vincentian Family in Italy have been involved in a campaign on behalf of the
poorest missions where men and women missionaries from Italy are ministering. This campaign
is called: water: a drop for life.

Sr. Joan Pytlik, D.C. of the Elizabeth Seton Federation reports on a UN meeting and responds to the question “Water is the Simplest of Things. . . or is it?

Vincentian priest in Panama works at improving the capture of rainwater for the indigenous Ngobe people.

Daughters in Kenya

Vincentians bring clean water to Ecuador

Because of the negative impact of privatization of water on poor persons throughout the world a number of group have taken corporate stances.

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth scroll down page

The SCN corporate stand on water calls us to consider what can be done to conserve water in responsible actions. Am I aware of what is called “hidden water” or water used to create a product?

According to an April 2010 National Geographic chart on hidden water, there are 634 gallons of water used to produce a hamburger and 37 gallons used to produce a cup of coffee. Additionally, a human diet that regularly includes meat requires 60 percent more water than a diet that’s predominantly vegetarian. Promotion of one way of eating over another is not the full reflection that must take place. Individuals also need to consider from where their products are produced, the amount of water located in that region, and if production of the product is sustainable to the water table in that region.

In other words, is the product sustainable due to the amount of water required to produce it? If not, how can I change my consuming so as to share water with all my sisters and brothers?

Daughters of Charity Emmitsburg Province have taken a corporate stance on bottled water.

CM-DC NGO provides and abundant list of water-related resources


  1. Georgia Hedrick

    Water will become more valuable than gold b4 long. 11 yrs ago I attended a waterologist’s (whatever they r called)class. The guy said water shall become the next great commodity which we shall be in great need of, soon.

    It is frightening to think that we treat water so poorly and pollute it so easily and our lives depend on it.

    I am extremely happy to hear that the DC’s are taking a corporate stance on bottled water! gh

  2. Corve DaCosta

    One billion pple without water…..water is life. we need to spread life some more.

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