The Statistics Are Staggering.
- Almost 1 Billion very important people
lack access to clean water. (Although we don't know
them personally, are they really less valuable than we are?)
They drink from polluted lakes and streams where animal
waste, human waste, and parasites infect the water.
- Women and children walk 2 hours
each way to fetch water (hauling dirty water back
to their families.) They have no time or energy left for
education or small business, and many of them die.
- Preventable water related diseases
kill one child every 15 seconds. That's 5,000 every
day (and that's just the children). Imagine if that many
precious ones were dying in the U.S.!
GUINEA WORM CRIPPLES! (learn
Roughly one out of every eight people lack access
to safe water.
THE SOLUTION IS SIMPLE.
ALL THEY NEED IS A WELL!
As little as $10 can
provide one person with a lifetime supply of clean water.
You can provide that money without dipping into your savings,
without affecting your contributions to churches and other
charities. Instead, you can effectively get restaurants and
grocery stores to make a contribution for you. Here's how:
Take The H2O Challenge
- For 2 weeks make water your only beverage.
- Contribute the money you would have spent at the soda
coffee shop toward the drilling of clean water wells.
> Is it a sacrifice to give up your milk, coffee, soda,
etc. for 2 weeks? Yes!
> Will you be changing someone else's life
> What does The H2O Project get out of it? Financially, absolutely nothing, but we get the joy of knowing
we have helped you (and many like you) make a difference. Click here to learn more about The H2O Challenge.
|Common Water Related Diseases
Cholera is caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.
People become infected after eating food or drinking
water that has been contaminated by the faeces of
worm disease is a debilitating and painful infection
caused by a large roundworm found in contaminated water.
The worm penetrates the stomach, makes its way to the
skin, and after growing to a length of 3 feet, emerges
from the body through a painful blister.
an infection of the eyes and is the world's leading
cause of preventable blindness. It occurs where there
is limited access to water, slowly scarring the inside
of the eyelid and eventually the cornea.
This information comes from various pages of the WHO web site, issued by the World Health Organization for general distribution. (http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/diseases/diseasefact/en) and from The Center for Disease Control( http://www.cdc.gov/ ).