Water is Life
More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes. Nearly all deaths, 99 percent, occur in the developing world (1)
It’s amazing to think that today, in a world of iPhones, space travel, and unprecedented wealth in America that there are still over 663 million people who do not have access to a safe source of drinking water (2).
The implications of this are massive. Shockingly, diarrhea kills 2,195 children every day—more than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined (3).
Let’s not also forget the school days lost each year due to illness and children leaving school to collect water and the time lost by mothers walking great distances everyday just to collect water. In Africa alone, women spend a whopping 40 billion hours per year just to collect water (4).
At Neverthirst we believe water is essential for life. We also recognize that water is just one part of the solution in improving health. In the countries where we work our partners also teach the importance of safe water treatment; good hygiene and training in the value of good sanitation.
We focus on clean water as a means of reducing the burden of collecting water and as a contributor to reducing risk of disease.
From our small beginnings in 2008 together with our amazing supporters and our local partners we’ve been able to provide 300,000 people with a safe water source. But we think the fact that 663 million people around the world living without safe water means we still have a long way to go!
In order to do this, we know that we need to connect numbers to names. We ask that you allow us to take that 663 million and introduce you to some of them - to Eunice John or Foyabe Morsan from South Sudan. Or maybe Ranjana who lives the life of a typical teenager in India - only she doesn’t have access to clean drinking water.
So if you will, give us a few minutes to introduce you to our friends living on the other side of the world and open yourself up to the idea that maybe you're here in order to be part of giving one person - one real person - clean water.
(1) World Health Organization (WHO). (2008). Safer Water, Better Health: Costs, benefits, and sustainability of interventions to protect and promote health; Updated Table 1: WSH deaths by region, 2004.
(2) Refer UNICEF / WHO Joint Monitoring Programme 2013 statistics at http://www.wssinfo.org/data-estimates/introduction/
(3) Liu L, Johnson HL, Cousens S, Perin J, Scott S, Lawn JE, Rudan I, Campbell H, Cibulskis R, Li M, Mathers C, Black RE; Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group of WHO and UNICEF. Global, regional, and national causes of child mortality: an updated systematic analysis for 2010 with time trends since 2000. Lancet. 2012;379(9832):2151-61.