October 01, 2016
Clean drinking water. Sinks and showers and toilets. These don’t seem like extravagances; they seem like basic necessities. But for so many people across the globe, they are luxuries that are completely out of reach. 663 Million people. That’s how many people in the world will live without clean water today. That’s almost twice the population of the USA and Canada combined. 2.4 billion people worldwide lack access to a toilet. 1 in 5 children under the age of 5 die each day from waterborne disease — one every 21 seconds, as a direct result of contaminated water and poor sanitation and hygiene. Those numbers are staggering; the lack of safe drinking water and sanitation is a global health crisis, one that must be confronted.
As we finish up this series on “Clean Water,” we’ll take a look at organizations that are committed to finding solutions to this health crisis, organizations dedicated to helping those 663 million people get access to clean water. Here are just a few of them:
Founded by the GRAMMY® Award winning band, Jars of Clay, and activist Jena Lee Nardella, Blood:Water’s mission is “partnering with Africa to end the HIV/AIDS and water crises.” Seventy percent of all people living with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa, more than 25 million people. Clean water, sanitation, and good hygiene are critical to combating disease.
Clean, disease-free blood requires clean, uncontaminated water, and Africa desperately needs both.
To facilitate real, lasting change, Blood:Water finds and then partners with grassroots organizations already doing great work in Africa. Each partner uses different solutions for HIV/AIDS and water, according to what their communities need. Blood:Water provides technical , financial, and organizational support, and helps implement solutions tailored to each community, solutions such as wells, latrines and health clinics. Blood:Water has helped provide 1,000,000 people with access to clean water.
Here is a snapshot of one of Blood:Water partners:
Babies Born Free of HIV in Uganda
Since opening the New Life Medical Center in northern Uganda, more than 70 HIV-positive pregnant mothers have been enrolled in comprehensive medical care. Through the commitment of both the mothers and the clinic staff, 100% of the babies delivered thus far have been born free of HIV. This is a major milestone in the fight to end the HIV/AIDS crisis, and it is being led at the community level.
Read more about our partner’s work in Uganda
Water.org’s website states, “For more than 25 years, we've made it our mission to bring water and sanitation to the world. Through market-driven, financial solutions, we've transformed millions of lives — giving women hope, children health, and communities a future.” Founded by Matt Damon and Gary White, Water.org thinks in terms of practical economic solutions.
In addition to partnering with local organizations to build wells and provide training seminars on hygiene, Water.org created WaterCredit, an initiative that connects microfinance institutions to individuals and communities in developing countries. WaterCredit allows people in need to access small loans for water connections or toilets. As of June 2016, WaterCredit has empowered more than four million people across eight countries with access to safe water and sanitation.
“WATERisLIFE’s mission is to provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene programs. Saving Lives. Transforming Communities.” WATERisLIFE has developed practical solutions like The Straw water filter, which can clean 2-3 liters of water a day, and costs only $10, and they are developing exciting new innovations like The Drinkable Book, which we looked at last month.
“From WATERisLIFE straw filters to household water filtration units and borehole wells; to pump repair, water systems and water source fencing; to proper sanitation training and development and integrated hygiene curriculum programs, communities are transformed by sustainable solutions.” http://waterislife.com
Charity:Water is a non-profit dedicated to bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries. They have some extremely creative fund-raising ideas and ways to good involved, from swimming San Francisco Bay to raise money for clean water to pledging your birthday, a campaign in which individuals ask for donations to charity:water instead of gifts.
Charity:Water’s operating costs are covered by private donors, so 100% of public donations go directly to clean water technologies that range from wells to water filtration.
Charity:Water’s spokesman states,
”We're on a mission to bring clean and safe drinking water to every single person on the planet. And we want to do it in our lifetime.”
“Until nobody on earth dies from dirty water . . . ”
Now, that’s a mission we can all get behind.
Goodnet.org, “7 Water Organizations you should know.”
Goodnet. Org, “Clean Water Charity that gives 100 percent”