Over a billion people do not have access to safe drinking water. This means that one out of every six people is susceptible to the diseases that come from drinking contaminated water. Parasites and worms such as helminthes, and schistosomes can settle in the body’s intestinal tract and cause diseases such as river blindness . If a disease infects the head of the household, then a family will lose its means of support. Furthermore, lack of clean water is responsible for the death of over a million children a year. In a world where first-world nations spend billions on bottle water, it is tragic that anyone has to die in need of this most basic resource.
The Water Project is an organization that is making a difference in bringing water to those who need it most. This charity has realized that making a change is not about just digging a well or pointing to a clean watering hole. Making the change takes a commitment to a sustainable plan. It takes education to show the local people the importance of creating and maintaining a system of clean water and proper sewage. It also means working with local governments to cut through any red tape. The Water Project exports lessons learned in the United States or Europe to developing countries.
Thankfully, the lack of clean water is a crisis with a solution. More importantly, it is a crisis where a little help from others can make a huge difference. Furthermore, the Water Project allows donors to see their contributions in action. Along with modern water technology, the company utilizes modern visual technology. Just as you can go on-line to see your cousin’s baby’s latest accomplishment, you can go on-line to see the progress of your donation to the Water Project in a country far away.
Thanks to charities such as the Water Project and its donors, communities are getting access to the most basic of needs.