Did You Know...
Did You Know…
That’s BILLION with a B! And with the projected population in Africa alone expected to double in the next 35 years, the need for clean drinking water only continues to grow.
Over 2 million deaths occur every year, due to illnesses directly related to contaminated drinking water. 90% of those deaths are children under the age of 5, as their bodies simply aren’t strong enough to fight off disease.
Women and children spend a combined total of 40 billion hours each year walking to obtain water, most of which is likely contaminated. With access to nearby, safe drinking water, we can literally help get young girls back to school and allow women to focus on caring for their families, which helps improve all lives.
Small crop farmers throughout Africa have abundant land resources and even access to low cost seed, but do not have the water needed to sustain necessary crops. Currently only 5% of the arable land is irrigated and it is paramount to increase that percentage to meet the rising demands for essential food production.
Self-reliant households, small crop-farmers and their villages are less likely to be subject to famine and even conflict when they have access to water.
Helping build a local economy based on increased water access pays off in many ways. It is projected that for every $1 invested in water can reap a return of up to $12 for a local economy for generations to come.
According to the World Health Organization 1.8 billion people throughout the world lack access to healthy drinking water
Environmental Research Experts argue that the total volume of water in aquifers underground in the continent of Africa is 100 times the amount currently found on the surface! In addition, they claim that the only responsible way to extract water from those aquifers, is with appropriately sited and constructed boreholes to support hand pump extraction, in order to sustain recharge variations.
We have the ability to access the abundant groundwater supply below the earth’s surface with human power.
The Answer: Hearts and Hands for Humanity