#UpForJustice March 2016
| Welcome to the March 2016 edition of #UpForJustice – a monthly news and prayer letter from The Salvation Army’s
International Social Justice Commission (ISJC) based in New York City, USA.
We continue using the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for prayer and reflection. There are 17
Last month we focused on the fifth SDG – ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.’ This month, Robert
Sanitation and water are two basic components that involve everyone on a daily basis. No matter what culture, religion or
It is easy to take both for granted. Access to water and sanitation is quite a luxury in the light of these current global figures:
There is enough technology and sufficient water supply to provide the world with clean water. However, economic and
According to the United Nations:
‘Each day, nearly 1,000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diarrhoeal diseases.’
Other factors directly link to sanitation and water: hunger because of poor farming, malnutrition, disease, poor economy and
The question remains: how can water access and technology reach those in need? SDG 6 provides targets and initiatives for
It is important to note the significant work of The Salvation Army in water and sanitation programmes in countries including
Recently three colleagues from the ISJC attended a UN event promoting ‘World Toilet Day’, organised by UN-Water – an
agency of the UN – that works on water and sanitation issues. UN-Water works with governments and stakeholders in an
The event worked to educate the public on the lack of accessible water and sanitation throughout the world. This was a day for
"We can't wait while sanitation related diseases kill nearly 1,000 kids every day."
In Scripture, water is likened to salvation and eternal life. When Jesus speaks to the woman at the well in John chapter 4, he
Humans need water that is clean and pure: it cleanses; refreshes; is life-giving; is essential. Salvation with Jesus is the same.
The following Bible verses may help reflection on water:
In response to the world’s lack of clean water and sanitation, events at the ISJC and Scripture, here are some
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Tags: SDG6: Clean Water and Sanitation