Water For All
There is a huge injustice in most developing countries
There is a huge injustice in most developing countries. Most often for a rural school or community to have access to clean water they need to have an association with an outside NGO (non profit agency) in order to pay for or “give” the well. There are millions of schools and communities who have no access to non profit agencies or have not been serviced by their local governments. We must ask ourselves, how can we make available “Water For All”?
The “Perpetual Well Fund” was developed to help empower any community or school who is in need of clean water to get it. The Perpetual Well Fund is designed to work with local African banks to provide small loans to groups or individuals who want to install a pump or a well. A typical loan for a completed well is $2500. With a community of 125 families paying just $1 month, this loan would be paid off in less than 24 months. With a Village Drill business that can easily earn $360 a month or more, loans are consistently repaid in full and in a timely manner.
- Over 1 billion people don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. Almost none of them reside in the U.S.
- 3.4 million people die each year from scarce and contaminated water.
- If you laid the bodies down side by side they would stretch from San Francisco to New York, and then repeats itself again the following year.
- Millions of women and children spend several hours each day collecting water from distant and polluted sources.
- The time it takes to walk the average 3.7 miles for clean water is time not spent working at an income generating job, caring for family members, or attending school.
- At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from diseases associated with lack of access to clean water. In developing countries this number can be as high as 80%.