Hoping to reduce by half the number of people lacking
safe water, the Swimming League of Europe and UNICEF have
joined forces to raise awareness about clean water
With the help of UNICEF Finland, the messages will be
sent through Europe?s young swimmers and national
federations. By teaching European children about water
issues faced by other children around the world, UNICEF and
the league hope to raise awareness and funds to help
eradicate waterborne disease.
?Water can be a child?s best friend, yet
it can also be lethal when not handled properly,?
said Pentti Kotoaro, executive director of UNICEF Finland.
?What better way to raise awareness of the
importance of safe water and sanitation for children than
through young swimmers??
The partners hope to encourage European swimmers to
advocate against poor water quality, and for aquatic
celebrities to join the cause. In recognition of the
partnership, the league and the Finnish Swimming Federation
dedicated the European Short Course Swimming Championships
to UNICEF and safe water in December.
UNICEF estimates that approximately 4,000 children under
age 5 die every day due to water-borne illnesses. About 1
billion children have no access to clean water worldwide.
The volunteer-funded organization has been working for 60
years to help children survive, providing vaccinations in
developing countries, supporting child health and
nutrition, basic education, clean water and sanitation, and
protection against violence, exploitation and AIDS.