WaterAid: Giving the Gift of Life to the World’s Poorest Countries
No, me neither.
For more than 800 million people around the world, however, possible death from easily preventable ailments and diseases is a stark daily reality.
The statistics are staggering. More than 2,000 children per day are dying, chronically ill or deprived of the ability to attend school because they lack access to something most people in the United States take for granted.
Clean, safe water should be a basic right for all human beings, yet an enormous portion of the world’s population doesn’t even know where their next sip of it is coming from. Many mothers are forced to give dirty water to their children just to keep them alive, only to eventually have to watch their babies suffer as a result of the tainted water.
That’s the situation WaterAid was facing when the non-profit organization stepped in to help in 2009, creating a long-term strategy to provide clean, safe water to the world’s poorest countries. Much of that strategy centers on the women in these communities, as they are often the ones who must bear the responsibility of trekking long distances over rough terrain in order to retrieve living water for their families. This laborious work monopolizes so much of their time that there is no space for anything else, including possible jobs that could help improve their financial situations immensely.
With the help of many partner organizations, field offices and donations from people like you and me, WaterAid provides education, clean water and sanitation to over 25 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. By 2015, they hope to raise that number to 30 countries, bringing access to safe water to 25 million more people. Their goals include not only significantly improving health conditions in these areas, but also working with local governments to establish policies of empowerment and easier access to natural resources which are vital for human survival. Chief among these objectives is the health and hygiene education for women and children because, as the old adage goes:
Feed a man a fish and he has food for a day…but teach him how to fish and he can eat for a lifetime”.
To learn more about WaterAid’s work in developing nations, their mission, goals or to lend your support visit them online:
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