It means that unless they walk many kilometers to collect buckets of water they must drink dirty polluted water they have access to. For most of us we go to the kitchen or bathroom and turn on the tap. But for millions that supply is reduced or non-existent. It impacts families and communities and can keep people locked in extreme situations for years or even generations.
When children are continually sick due to being more vulnerable to the effects of polluted or non-existent water, they can’t attend school. Women and girls are often the ones tasked with carrying water for the family so they are impacted in major ways too. UNICEF says 200 million hours are spent carrying water every day.
Most of us don’t even think when we turn on the tap to fill a glass or wash our dishes. It’s so natural, we do it many times every day.
The World Bank says promoting good hygiene is one of the most cost-effective health interventions.
The benefits of providing clean water for the villages is not only connected to child health, safety and education. Every $1 invested in water and toilets returns an average of $4 in increased productivity. **
Most people think it’s much more than this.
Having access to clean safe water is everything in the process of building a safe living environment. It enables children to be well, food preparation to be safe, families and communities to practice better hygiene. It enables more children to safely go to school and get their education.
The bores go down to a depth of 122 meters (approximately 400 feet) to reach the safe water level. Anything less is potentially very polluted. These bores can change the situation for a whole village. We are providing safe drinking water for children and communities and this is saving lives, helping re-write children’s life stories and turning around futures.
We have many villages asking for water bores. We just need to fund them. Your gift for safe water will enable us to dig another bore and turn the tap on so children do not have to walk many kilometers to collect buckets of water from neighboring villages. When they have clean safe water they won’t get sick and they won’t miss classes at their Child Education Centre
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