The anguished cries of mothers and fathers, grandparents, aunts and uncles can be heard every minute of every day when their young child dies from diseases and conditions caused by unclean water. Hearts are shattered every 21 seconds when a child dies from water-related diseases.
An estimated nearly 800 million people don’t have access to clean water. On World Water Day, March 22, 2020, it’s important to remember that they’re not just statistics; they’re someone’s children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
It’s a big number and it may sound insurmountable, but it’s not. In fact, for about $10, the average cost of a case of bottled water in the U.S., your donation to Thirst International can provide 30 years of clean water to people in need!
The impact of clean water doesn’t only prevent disease, it can change the trajectory of people’s lives. Access to clean water saved Fred Njuya’s life when he was on the brink of death from typhoid fever. He had suffered with typhoid for about 40 years. Today, he is the married father of four and the pastor of Gracom Church in Uganda. He’s also developed Gracom Education Center, a school with more than 120 children who had no water, food, clothing and some of them have no parents.
Access to clean water lifts entire communities out of poverty; reduces the risk of kidnapping and sexual assault on girls and women who travel long distances for water; enables more children to receive an education; and helps preserve the environment due to a decrease in deforestation.
Thirst Relief International has teamed with partners in Brazil, Tanzania and India to provide clean water so parents don’t have to worry about their children dying from water-related diseases. These projects use a variety of technologies and methods depending on the locations and specific situation.
The indigenous people living along the Amazon River and basin have access to plenty of water, but it’s filled with a deadly combination of viruses, bacteria and parasites. Working with Xingu Mission, our ground partner, we’re providing BioSand Filters, which are adapted from a more traditional slow sand filter. The cost of each filter is $100, which can supply clean water for more than 10 people.
In Tanzania, where much of the population must rely on contaminated rivers as their water source, resulting in extensive water-borne diseases, we’re working with our partner, SON International, to distribute BioSand Filters to communities each month. As in Brazil, each filter costs $100 and can provide clean water for more than 10 people.
In a country where the World Health Organization estimates that 900,000 people die each year from a water-related illness, we’re working with our land partner, SWAP Trust India, to use clean water wells, which enable us to provide clean water to a large number of people. One well, costing as little as $1,000, can deliver clean water to more than 2000 people.
There are so many ways you can help. Whether it’s a cash donation, a fundraising event you create, or you can participate in an existing fundraiser. This World Water Day join us so families don’t have to lose their children because they don’t have access to clean water. It’s never been so easy to use your power to save lives