Supporting the tribal community of 18,000 people in the Minuwongan Village is the aim of Project Water Purification. Their village is in the isolated foothills of the Central Mindanao region of...
WATER PROBLEMS AFFECT HALF OF HUMANITY
Every 21 seconds, a child dies from water-related illnesses.
Expenditure in the 1980s in the U.S.A. and U.K. on clean water and sanitation has made dramatic advances in health, and infant mortality decreases. However, today, many countries spend less than 1% of the national income on water. Therefore, spending needs to rise, as does the share of foreign aid spent on clean water projects, says the United Nations Development Programme. In other words, providing access to sufficient quantities of drinking water and the provision of facilities for sanitary disposal of excreta is a priority. Also, introducing healthy hygiene behaviours is of paramount importance to reduce the burden of disease.
In the world’s worst slums impoverished people often pay more for water than wealthy people in the same cities. For instance, they buy water from standpipes and pay per bucket with the risk of contamination that kills or leaves them unable to work or go to school. Therefore, reports are urging governments to guarantee that each person has at least 20 litres of clean water a day, regardless of wealth, location, gender, or ethnicity.
The Millennium Development Goals for clean drinking water targets between 1990-2015 were to halve the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water. This goal was achieved five years ahead of schedule in 2010. However, in 2016, 663 million people still need clean water. The World Health Organisation states that, for every dollar invested in clean water and sanitation, there is an economic return of between $3 and $34. In other words, if clean water was free to the poor, this could be the next leap forward in human development.
In conclusion, you can help provide a sustainable means of clean water daily. My Wow Factor Charity gives to clean water projects for deep bore wells, guttering, water tanks, and water catchment dams. Thank you.
Source: Beyond Water, United Nations, World Health Organisation, The Guardian.