An unfortunate 29% of the world’s population still doesn’t have access to a safely managed supply of drinking water. This means they lack a well that is located nearby, available when they need it, and free from contaminants. Around 159 million people in the world are dependent on surface water, while more than 844 million people lack even a basic drinking water service. What’s more upsetting to hear is that around 2 billion people use a contaminated water source every year that has been breached by feces.
Drinking from a contaminated water source can lead to a variety of adverse health affects, some short-term and others far more serious. Some of the most common effects of drinking dirty water includes diarrhea, cholera, typhoid, dysentery, and polio. Every year, around 502,000 cases of diarrhea are thought to be caused by contaminated drinking water.
While you would think that we would be making progress to a cleaner world, by 2025, it’s estimated that about half of the world’s population will live in areas that lack clean water, or any source of water at all. This is due to the growing population that is putting more stress on the world’s limited resources of clean water. It is also due to the rapidly decreasing supply of drinkable water in the United States and abroad, and changing environmental factors.
When analyzing low and mid-level income countries, about 38% of the health care facilities do not have an improve water source (a source that allows for water to be collected in under 30 minutes). Among these health care facilities, an additional 19% lack improved sanitation and 35% lack enough water and soap to even allow for hand washing.
These facts are both shocking and upsetting. The need for safe and readily available water is essential for domestic safety, public health, and the production of food. It’s also needed for recreation and it is a make-or-break aspect when determining an area’s economic vitality as far as investments and tourism are concerned. All of this equates to the need for better management of the resources we have, and improved methods of supplying water and sanitation to areas in need.
By supporting the building of water wells in under-developed areas that currently lack a reliable source of clean water, you are helping support the community’s future and economic growth. Having a source of clean water can greatly reduce poverty and open up many doors for potential local businesses, food production plans to service the community, and even the future potential of tourism as the community’s economy is able to continue growing with time.
It was not until 2010, fairly recently, the United Nations recognized water and sanitation as basic human rights. Given that they are now explicitly stated to be human rights, it is essential that developed countries help provide assistance to under-developed countries who do not have access to this basic human right at this time. Organizations such as Human Appeal Australia are working to support efforts to help provide communities around the world with clean sources of drinking water that they so desperately require.
Since launching the project, HAIA has supplied more than 12,000 new wells to under-developed communities around the world. This has, in turn, enabled thousands more individuals and families to access clean drinking water when they need it.
By supporting the digging of a well in one of these communities, you are literally providing life support to the children and families who struggle each day to survive. And, beyond that, by supporting organizations like HAIA, you are enabling them to offer additional assistance that will help break the cycle of poverty in these areas through education and healthcare outreach.
Together, we can make a lasting impact on these communities and once and for all help move them forward into the future industrialism. With the digital world, these individuals can now be empowered more than ever before so long as they have access to basic human rights: clean water, food, and education.
These three things go hand-in-hand to moving communities forward into a brighter future. By supplying clean water, communities are able to be healthier. By educating them, they are able to use their water and knowledge to grow food and become self-sustaining. They are then able to apply their knowledge to helping growing their community into not only a self-sustaining village, but an economically stable township that is able to finally begin developing safe, supported housing and long-term plans for on-going health and prosperity.
By donating to HAIA and helping fund the digging of a new well, you will provide so much more than clean water. You will personally and directly impact a community who otherwise would go without access to this fundamental human right.
Join HAIA in providing water to more than 2 million individuals around the world.