“Clean water and sanitation are among the most powerful preventative medicines for reducing child mortality. They are to diarrhea what immunization is to killer diseases such as measles or polio: a mechanism for reducing risk and averting death.”United Nations Development Program, 2006
Water sustains life, health and growth of humans, animal, and plants. Access to safe water is a daily crisis faced by a billion of the world’s most vulnerable people—a crisis that threatens life and destroys livelihoods on a devastating scale. It claims more lives than any war, terrorism, and natural disasters, yet it does not make media headlines, nor rally concerted international action. This is a quiet and powerful crisis that is killing and keeping a billion human beings in the cycle of poverty. More than half of these individuals are women and girls. It is estimated that women in low-income countries spend 40 billion hours annually collecting water, often walking up to 7 miles at a time to fetch and carry 66 lb. containers of dirty, diseased water back to their homes for drinking and cooking.
Poverty is inevitable without clean water. One can’t stay healthy without it. Students who suffer from water borne illness can’t stay in class. They miss out on the chance to learn, and the cycle of poverty continues. Poor health leads to poor productivity, which leads to poor earnings, barely enough to pay for healthcare, as one gets sick often from drinking unsafe water. Those under the age of five are the most vulnerable.
At Clean Water For The Children we are addressing this most basic of needs by helping deprived communities acquire safe, clean water through the implementation of sustainable clean water wells.
Water – It sustains life, health and growth of humans, animal, and plants. Access to safe water is a daily crisis faced by a billion of the world’s most vulnerable people.
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