Nearly one billion people lack access to clean water throughout the world. While we simply turn on the tap, millions of women and children walk miles every day to collect a bucket of disease ridden water for their families and more often than not this water makes them sick. Water-related diseases can be traced to one half of hospitalizations world-wide and up to 80% in poverty-stricken areas. These diseases lead to the death of more than 3.75 million people every year – most of which are children.
A great new solution: The Village Drill
At WHOlives.org we work every day to save and improve millions of lives by providing easy access to clean water through the use of our Village Drill. The WHO in WHOlives.org is an acronym for Water, Health and Opportunity because we know that access to clean water starts a Ripple Effect, leading to improved health and better opportunities.
Clean water means life for the 6,000 children that die every day due to water-borne diseases
Clean water puts more money in families' pockets as they spend less on medicine
Clean water means overburdened healthcare systems can concentrate on other needs like measles, malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS instead of diseases easily avoided by drinking clean water.
Clean water can start businesses and create jobs
Clean water gives girls the opportunity to go to school and mothers the time they need to care for their families
When families have access to clean water they can start to pull themselves out of poverty, saving and improving their own lives day by day.