Save a life: give clean Water
Delivering real solutions to drought and poor sanitation
Nearly 800 million people - that's one in ten of us - have to live with dirty drinking water. A shameful one third of the people on the planet do not have proper sanitation facilities.
Every one of these people have to decide whether to use dirty disease laden water to wash themselves and their families with, or even to cook with or drink or whether just to do without. It's no choice. The risk they face from potentially fatal diseases like cholera and dysentery is constant - the result of a member of the family contracting these diseases catastrophic for all around them.
Disease from dirty water: an intolerable situation
- Each day of the year, almost 4,000 children die of diseases contracted from dirty water
- In Africa, more children under five die from diarrhea than from any other cause
- Women and young girls have to spend hours each day fetching water from wells that are often located many kilometers from their homes. This puts their safety at risk and also means that they miss out on education.
Donate a water well
Our project teams install wells to bring clean water into villages in countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Senegal and Somalia. This means that children have safe water to drink, it removes hours of drudgery from the lives of women and girls and it improves the living conditions for hundreds of people at a time.Donate to one of our Water For Life Projects
Lack safe drinking water in Somalia and Senegal is driving people from their farms. Even worse, the southern and central regions, where many of these people flee is also very prone to drought.
We are providing deep wells in these countries which due to the topography of the region are difficult and expensive to install. It takes a team of seven people as long as three months to build each well, digging , often by hand, to depths of up to 30 meters.
Give Water, Give Life
Human Appeal and the Sustainable Development Goals
This program is directed towards achieving the UN's: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 6, that is to:
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
PROGRESS OF GOAL 6 IN 2018
Too many people still lack access to safely managed water supplies and sanitation facilities. Water scarcity, flooding and lack of proper wastewater management also hinder social and economic development. Increasing water efficiency and improving water management are critical to balancing the competing and growing water demands from various sectors and users.
- In 2015, 29 per cent of the global population lacked safely managed drinking water supplies, and 61 per cent were without safely managed sanitation services. In 2015, 892 million people continued to have to carry out open defecation (that is not in toilets).
- In 2015, only 27 per cent of people in less-developed countries had basic hand-washing facilities.
- Preliminary estimates from household data of 79 mostly high- and high-middle-income countries (excluding much of Africa and Asia) suggest that 59 per cent of all domestic wastewater is safely treated.
- In 22 countries, mostly in the Northern Africa and Western Asia region and in the Central and Southern Asia region, the water stress level is above 70 per cent, indicating the strong probability of future water scarcity.
- In 2017–2018, a total of 157 countries reported average implementation of integrated water resources management of 48 per cent.
- Based on data from 62 out of 153 countries sharing trans-boundary waters, the average percentage of national trans-boundary basins covered by an operational arrangement was only 59 per cent in 2017.
Source: Report of the Secretary-General, The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018