OVER 660 MILLION PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER

350 million of these people live in Africa

HEALTH

80% of diseases in the developing world is caused by lack of access to clean drinking water. With lack of clean water, people end up drinking contaminated water from stagnant ponds, sand dug wells, rivers that humans and animals defecate in. Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.

TIME

In Africa alone, women spend more that 40 billion hours collecting water. On average, women and young girls spend 5-6 hours fetching water. With no clean source water nearby, they walk close to 3 miles walking to collect dirty water. With all that time spent collecting water, there is no time left to do productive things that can help improve their lives and communities.

EDUCATION

More time spent collecting water means less time children can spend in school learning. Because of drinking unsafe, contaminated water, children are usually forced to miss school because they are home sick from illnesses such as malaria, typhoid, dysentery, measles, etc. Also, because of no nearby sources of clean water in school and no where to clean up, girls stay home during their menstruation cycle because of shame.

ILLNESS/DEATH

A child dies every 20 seconds from illnesses resulting from drinking contaminated water. The world bank estimates that more children under the age of 5 are killed from water related illness, more than deaths from HIV/AIDS, malaria and measles combined.

THE RIPPLE EFFECT

Just like a drop of water in a bucket, access to clean water creates a ripple effect in a community. It starts with just a drop.

The walk for water that took at least 3 hours, now take just 15-30 minutes and the water is safe to drink.

Kids spend more time in school instead of walking for water. 544 million school days are gained per year with access to water. Grades improve and kids graduate and pursue professional careers.

Medicine is practiced more effectively with clean water, clean facilities and clean instruments. With a decrease in water-borne diseases, there are less fatalities.

Children survive, thrive and incur fewer developmental problems from not carrying heavy loads on their heads.

Water projects increase employment by using local laborers & individuals trained to maintain the wells.

Water projects help build the local economy. With time now on their side, people become enterprising, selling goods and products to earn more income. Now, parents are able to provide more for their children. With income stability, the family and community are able to thrive.