Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Water for Life DVD is Available

2.5% of the world's water is freshwater, of which 3/4 is stored in the polar ice caps. This leaves less than 1% of freshwater for drinking, farming and manufacturing. Water in the world is so scarce that the United Nations has declared 2005, the Water for Life Decade. In fact, the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world today is food and water scarcity issues that threaten the peace and security of most developing nations.

For 60 years, CRS and the National Council of Catholic Women have been bringing the gift of clean water to poor families all over the world. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of this partnership, a new DVD highlighting the water program has been produced entitled Water for Life. It explores why more than 1 billion people around the world do not have adequate access to clean water. It is available through CRS' Education Portal at


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