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25 April 2016
One and a half million children die every year due to water related diseases; in fact, one in nine of the world's population do not have access to safe water, and according to the UN, half of the world’s hospital beds are filled with people suffering from water related diseases. These are disturbing statistics, and is one of the reasons why The ACF, via water-relief charity Drop4Drop, has donated a well to a community in E. Nelaturu, a drought prone region in Andhra Pradesh, India.
Reports indicate that women and children collectively walk around 200-million miles each day just to collect water, and it is estimated that children lose 443 million school days every year as a result of water-related illnesses.
Drop4Drop is a charity that aims to provide sustainable clean water to countries that need it most. Working across India and Africa, and providing emergency water relief for large scale country disasters such as the 2010 Haiti earthquake,the charity uses local labourers to introduce clean water sources to communities of over 1,000 people who before, may have had to travel many miles simply to collect water, which was often dirty and unsafe.
Drop4Drop believes that community ownership is imperative to making water solutions work. Because of this, they involve both the community and local workers to build clean water sources and train and educate the community in the maintenance of their water solutions and in good hygiene practice. This helps to maximise the new water source's longevity.
By introducing clean water sources to in-need communities and educating them in maintainence and hygiene, the health of the community and number of water-related illnesses and deaths are dramatically reduced. It also means that instead of travelling to collect water, women can spend more time work productively in their community, and children can spend more time at school, improving their chances of a brighter future.
“Before installation of this borewell, I faced a lot of problems. I go to do field work in the morning and come back late in the evening. I would have been tired by then to walk for water. It was taking 1 hour to go for water. My husband goes for water some days when he is available. Now it is very easy for us as we can reach the bore-well installed within five minutes and get our pot filled within one minute.”Mrs Gayatri, E. Nelaturu, India.
Every sustainable clean water solution Drop4Drop provides is accountable, effective and efficient. If you would like to help more people gain access to sustainable safe water, please spread the word and use this link to donate to Drop4Drop.