World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis.
Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water. “Approximately 1 in 9 people lack access to an improved water source reports the United Nations.
The majority of water sources in developing countries are unprotected. Families and schools typically dig holes or pits and allow for them to fill up via rain or ground water. In some areas where there is a river nearby, this becomes an option for water. All three methods are subject to ground and exterior contamination. Rivers are always contaminated from animals using the same source and people using the source as a wash area.
Paul Jones Country Director Emmanuel International Malawi said, " Of course, having a water source at all is considered to be fortunate. With no clean water close by women and children walk for miles from villages, many of the able-bodied members of a community are forced to spend hours each day simply finding and transporting water. The typical container used for water collection in Africa, the jerry can, weighs over 40 pounds when it’s completely full. Imagine how demanding it would be to carry the equivalent of a 5-year old child for three hours every day. And some women carry even more, up to 70 pounds in a barrel carried on the back. That’s like carrying a baby hippo.”
Education is one of the most important factors in poverty alleviation and creating opportunity in communities. Without established clean water sources, schools cannot teach the children in developing countries effectively. Clean water has its benefits of attracting teachers and students to the schools.
Emmanuel International (EI) has implemented Water and Sanitation Projects in Malawi. Philippines and Tanzania.
Emmanuel International Canada is making a difference on World Water Day, creating a healthier world in Developing Countries.