Thursday, February 19, 2015

Clean water and the #WaterEffect  

With so many bad stories in the news it is hard to think that there is still good in the world, people that truly want to make a change for good. Not to glorify themselves but to glorify God. I have seen laws change, people running marathons, and all kinds of fundraising all for clean water. Clean water changes lives. Many diseases can be linked to dirty water. Children spend their time fetching water instead of going to school, so the poverty cycle goes on... I am so encouraged by the steps that World Vision is taking to reach the most hard-pressed areas for clean water.

World Vision is the largest nongovernmental provider of clean water in the developing world, reaching one new
person with clean water every 30 seconds.

Water transforms a life.
When you give clean water, you set off a chain reaction for good.
 Children are freed from deadly water related diseases.
 People become healthier and more productive. Girls get to go to school rather than
trek long distances to gather filthy water.
 Less money is spent on medicine, which means more savings and more
investment in things like education.
 With better health and more time, parents can start small businesses creating more jobs.

 The water effect is an outward spiral that positively transforms the entire community.
And World Vision is there to support these solutions with programs that go well beyond water into every other aspect of human life physical, emotional, and spiritual.
That’s because we believe clean water and the love of Jesus are crucial elements
in a full solution to poverty.
A solution that includes food, education, healthcare, and more.
The water effect opens the door to a full life,
the kind of life God intends.
 Just add water.
Change a life.

• Every day, nearly 1,600 children under 5 die from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and improper hygiene.
• About every minute, a child under 5 dies as a result of diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation,and improper hygiene.
• Globally, 1 in 9 people lack access to clean water.
• Worldwide, 748 million people lack access to clean water.
• Women and children in sub-Saharan Africa spend 20 million hours collecting water each day.
 Eighty percent of World Vision water wells remain operational up to 20 years after they are built,much higher than industry standard, largely because of World Vision’s community based model that gives local people ownership and training in maintenance of water points.
What will you do?