The Water Project
While trolling the internet to find a Service Learning Project for my class I came across The Water Project and it caught my eye. According to the CDC, 780 million people do not have access to clean water, that breaks down to 1 in 9. One out of every 5 deaths for children under the age of 5 is due to water-related illnesses. In developing countries, approximately 80% of those in the hospital are there for water-related sickness. The facts don’t lie. The struggle is real!
What is it?
The Water Project, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization unlocking human potential by providing reliable water projects to communities in sub-Saharan Africa who suffer needlessly from a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation.
Why is it needed?
The water crisis is real. It’s affecting women, children, families, and farmers. Women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa are spending hours a day fetching dirty water which leads to illness and disease, robbing entire communities of their futures. Lack of access to safe water and proper sanitation limits education and food production, it harms health and leads to a cycle of poverty.
The Water Project in action.
The payoff for water provision is big. Every $1 invested in water and sanitation generates on average an $8 return in the form of saved time, increased productivity, and reduced health costs. This does not even include new productivity made possible by water access. The long-term benefits of access to clean water would be felt by all of us in the form of decreases in economic aid, increased productivity, lower infant mortality, decreased population burden, increased educational opportunity, and decreased “time poverty”—not to mention the ethical payoff of giving life to those who most need it.
The Water Project invests in local solutions to the local water crisis in sub-Saharan Africa. Providing access to clean, safe water helps capable and determined people realize the hope they have for their own futures.
The Water Project works closely with local in-country teams and partners to develop clean water programs alongside these heroes. We’re passionate about unlocking human potential. After all, water doesn’t change anything; the people we serve do.
MY CHALLENGE TO YOU!
For $68 you can provide water for 2 people. I know many don’t have that much “extra” income but why not skip the line in Dunkin’s for that expensive cup of joe and instead donate the cost of that one cup to The Water Project. If we all give a little it will make a big difference.
You can donate safely here.