Monday, March 25, 2013

The Need for Clean Water #BlogFlash2013

Water is absolutely vital to sustaining life and staying healthy. Unfortunately clean, safe water is difficult to obtain in many areas of the world. According to The Thirst Project almost one billion people do not have access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation. 4,400 children die every year from diseases caused by contaminated water and 80% of global diseases are water-borne. The average distance to get clean water is 3.75 miles and this is usually walked by young women and girls. These girls spend so much time and energy getting water for their communities that they have no time to get an education. Communities are stuck in a cycle of poverty that they are unable to break.

What would happen in these communities if water were closer? By building wells that use the water that is available under the ground's surface, communities can have safe, clean drinking water right in their village. This reduces disease and childhood mortality dramatically. It allows opportunities to develop agriculture and time to obtain an education.

How can we help? The Thirst Project can build wells in most developing nations for between $5,000 and $12,000. Each well can provide up to 500 people with clean water indefinitely. As little as $20 can give one person clean water for twenty or more years. Those $20 donations add up to build the wells in each community.

Please consider donating to The Thirst Project 
to help give a community clean water.

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