Preventable, waterborne diseases kill 4,000 children each day.
That is one child every 20 seconds, three children every minute. 1.5 million children every year, of which 90% are children under the age of 5.
The truth is, these children don’t have to die. We can save their lives by ending water poverty.
Water poverty destroys lives and traps people in poverty. Health is put in jeopardy, education is restricted, time to invest in a livelihood is robbed and a sick child means a parent can’t go to work.
How water poverty cripples families:
- Women and children in Africa and Asia have to walk between 4 to 14 miles carrying up to 20 Kg of water.
- Water is full of harmful bacteria , such as diarrhoea, dysentery and cholera.
- When children are sick they cannot attend school and this is what keeps so many families in the water poverty cycle
Giving families access to safe, clean water is the only way to end the water poverty cycle; children are healthy, mothers can work, children can get an education and have better prospects in life
These deaths are due to dirty water, poor sanitation and poor hygiene practices but the good news is that we can end water poverty.
You can end water poverty by partnering with Samaritan’s Purse to:
- Provide close access to clean safe water working in and with communities to drill or repair boreholes, dig shallow hand pump wells, and build rainwater holding tanks.
- Make dirty water clean, and safe to drink or use, by installing water filters that kill bad bacteria.
- Conduct training in health, hygiene and proper sanitation. Simple things like good hand washing practices before cooking, before eating and after using the loo.
- Improve sanitation by building toilets and latrines
By equipping families and communities with access to clean water, we are able to improve health, save lives and enable a future full of hope.
Our goal is to break the stranglehold of water poverty and give families what they need to ensure that their children are healthy, that they can all attend school, that their mothers can work and that they would be safe from harm or abuse. We have the opportunity to end the water poverty cycle and help so many families rebuild their lives with genuine hope for the future replacing so much despair.
“…I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink…” (Matt 25:35, NIV)