SEATTLE, Washington — The Smith Family consists of the famous Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Willow Smith and Jaden Smith. Many of the Smiths have contributed their time, energy and money to provide and advocate for countries to have more accessible clean water.
About the Global Water Crisis
As of 2019, 844 million people do not have an accessible source of clean water. Additionally, 2.3 billion people do not have a working sanitation system. Without access to clean water or improved sanitation systems, children, women and refugees continue to be at high risk of contracting a waterborne illness and dying. More than 800 children die daily because of waterborne diseases such as typhoid fever and cholera, with diarrhea being a primary symptom. Additionally, diarrhea itself causes more than 1.5 million child deaths every year.
Currently, 43 countries face water insecurity. One of those countries is Kenya, which is located in east Africa. Kenya is also another country with a significant number of people without accessible clean water. More than 18 million people struggle for clean water in Kenya. Deaths caused by contaminated disease-filled water could be decreased by 21% if the water was clean. In addition, Ethiopia — also located in East Africa — continues to suffer water scarcity. However, it has improved because of people like Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith.
Will and Jada’s Trip to Ethiopia
The famous Hollywood couple Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith raised more than $700,000 to clean water efforts in Ethiopia in 2012. Before that, in 2010, the couple raised more than $100,000 for the non-profit organization Charity: Water. The Charity: Water organization has served more than 11 million people in 29 countries.
Jaden Smith’s Just Water
Besides making music and providing healthy vegan meals to people in need in Los Angeles, Jaden Smith has put his best foot forward to advocate for clean, more accessible water. As a founder of the sustainable Just Water brand, Jaden Smith has provided clean water to people in areas that suffer from water contamination.
Just water is 100% recyclable. The carton consists of 54% paper, 28% plant-based plastic, 3.5% aluminum and another 8.1% protective plastic film. About 1.5 million bottles can fit into just one truck, allowing for less pollution. The brand contributes less to pollution because it reduces its use of emissions, uses organic packaging, uses hydroelectric power and uses renewable energy.
Just Water’s water is 100% spring water. The spring water used comes from the Glen Falls watershed in New York State. The Just Water organization has helped places like Flint, Michigan, where roughly 9,000 people have been exposed to unsafe lead-contaminated water. Flint, Michigan has been adapting to Just Water‘s mobile filtration system and has received donations from the company. In addition, they have also been working to replace water lines to avoid lead contamination.
The Smiths’ contributions with Charity: Water and Just Water have helped millions of people. Water is an essential resource for living a healthy lifestyle. Even with the donations, there are people around the world still suffering from contaminated water and waterborne illnesses. However, the Smiths have been recognized by organizations like Charity: Water and by the millions of people for the work they have done.
– Amanda Cruz