Water is basic to life and health. Unfortunately, over 1 billion people worldwide have no access to safe drinking water. According to World Resources Institute, 80% of all sickness and disease worldwide is attributed to unsafe drinking water. According to the World Health Organization, a lack of safe drinking water takes a greater human toll than war, terrorism & weapons of mass destruction combined.
Here are some quick worldwide facts...
--1.1 billion people don't have safe water to drink
--a child dies every 15 seconds from a lack of clean water
--the number one killer in the world is unsafe drinking water
--1.8 million die every year from illness linked to unclean water
Having no safe water leads to:
--water-borne diseases (cholera, typhoid, Hepatitis A)
--water-related diseases (malaria, yellow fever, river blindness)
--water-based diseases (dysentery, guinea worm)
--water-scarce diseases (trachoma, scabies)
The crisis is worst in sub-Saharan Africa where 2 in 5 people lack safe water. A baby here is almost 520 times more likely to die from diarrhea than one born in the U.S. or Europe.
Drilling a fresh water well is a relatively inexpensive, yet permanent solution to this epidemic. For only $3500, a new well can be provided to a needy village or school.
Our hope is that we can join the movement ending the global water crisis through partnerships with organizations like The Water Project (www.thewaterproject.org).
If you'd like to give financially towards this project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions.