Clean WaterDespite the fundamental role of water for human health, survival, and development, every one out of nine people do not have access to clean water today. 2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation, and every minute a child dies from a water-related disease.
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CLEAN WATER: A LUXURY FOR SOMEClean water is a necessity of life, a basic human right, but 700 million people in 43 countries currently lack it. This includes millions in sub-Saharan Africa who are collecting unsafe water from lakes, rivers, and ponds on a daily basis, infecting themselves with waterborne illnesses that either result in death or make them too sick to work or pursue an education. Many of them also spend up to six hours a day obtaining this water, especially women and young girls, forcing them to face danger and extreme weather conditions. This daily practice also steals valuable time they could be using to work or pursue an education. The fact that this vastly impacts women and young girls is particularly noteworthy because studies show females contributing to the workforce and pursuing education increases gender equality, which in turn leads to economic growth. Therefore, due to Africa’s lack of access to clean water, millions are suffering greatly from poor health and poverty.
HOW TO IMPROVE THIS SITUATIONFortunately, Africa houses a substantial amount of clean water underground, possibly 20 times more than the 8,000 miles of visible water in its lakes and ponds. Even more fortunately, since 2020 Embrace Relief has built 500 water wells throughout Chad, Cameroon, and Nigeria. We also plan on building hundreds more throughout the region, as well as in Nigeria. The current wells supply clean water to over 500,000 people on a daily basis, are constantly monitored to ensure peak performance, and are guaranteed to last at least five years.
Fountains Of HopeEmbrace Relief also plans to reconstruct hundreds of non-functioning water wells throughout Chad, Cameroon, and Nigeria with its Fountains of Hope campaign, and has already successfully started the reconstruction process in Chad and Cameroon. Each reconstructed well receives the same advanced features as ones Embrace Relief fully constructs, so they’re sure to provide clean, sanitary water for hundreds of thousands more people.
ScarcityAround 700 million people in 43 countries suffer today from water scarcity. Globally, water scarcity already affects four out of every 10 people.
EducationReducing the time it takes to fetch water from 30 to 15 minutes increased girls’ school attendance by 12% according to a study in Tanzania.
Diseases1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with feces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio
WomenWomen and girls are responsible for water collection in 8 out of 10 households with water off-premises, so reducing the population with limited drinking water services will have a strong gender impact.
Deaths842,000 people die every year from diseases caused by unsafe water, inadequate sanitation, and hygiene. More than 340,000 children under five die annually from diarrhoeal diseases due to poor sanitation, poor hygiene, or unsafe drinking water.
EconomyLoss of productivity to water- and sanitation-related diseases cost many countries up to 5% of GDP. For every $1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of at least $4 is returned in increased productivity.
The emergency solution adopted by our organization is installing water wells with hand pumps in regions with little or no access to drinking water. In most of the countries with no permanent fresh surface water, it is possible to provide access to clean water by utilizing underground water resources.To this day, Embrace Relief Foundation has opened over 500 water wells in several countries, providing more than 500,000 people with access to clean water and improving their health and living conditions. Let’s Give Clean Water To People In Need! Start a Clean Water Project Today! Donate for Clean Water Today! Today!