For people in developing countries, clean water changes everything.
Water is the most basic of all human necessities.
It makes all other progress possible, yet almost 1 billion people worldwide currently lack access to safe, clean drinking water. Each day, women and children walk miles to collect water that is so filthy, it will eventually kill members of their family.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Family Humanitarian can provide lifetime access to clean water for life for only about $2 per person. When this most basic necessity is met, families are capable of progressing in other areas — it is likely the most dramatic impact you can ever have at such a low cost! When you provide clean water, you provide families with:
Polluted drinking water claims more lives than all forms of violence combined, including war.
Access to clean water can save about 16,000 lives each week! Almost 50% of deaths are children under five years old.
Women and children spend more than 200 million hours/day collecting water.
Access to clean water gives communities more time to grow food, earn an income, and go to school — all of which fight poverty.
Clean water keeps kids in school – especially girls.
Less time collecting water and less sick time means more time in class. Clean water at school means girls don’t have to stay at home one week every month.
Responsibility for collecting water falls mostly on women.
Women are responsible for 72% of water collected in Sub-Saharan Africa. When a community gets water, women and girls get their lives back and take charge of their own futures.
Clean water saves more from human trafficking through prevention than we ever can through rescue.
When girls don’t have to walk long distances on dark and desolate roads, the threat of being kidnapped diminishes. When lives are improved, hope is restored, despair leaves, and families are no longer willing to sell their own children.
How do we fight the water crisis?
Family Humanitarian embraces principles of self-reliance and sustainability, ensuring that projects continue to produce clean water for a lifetime and beyond. Each community undergoes extensive education regarding the health and economic benefits of clean water as well as the mechanics and self-funding of necessary maintenance and repairs. When a community makes an investment in and takes responsibility for their clean water, lasting success results.
People who sponsor an entire borehole are directly connected to the water projects they made possible through pictures and video. They get to see with their own eyes the miracles and profound impact brought about through their generosity.
Access to clean water changed the lives of Daphene, Fred and Ivan, and Mary. Here are their stories.
Eight-year-old Daphene and her little sister share the responsibility of helping their mother collect water for their family on a daily basis. At a minimum, water is necessary for drinking, cooking, laundry, dishes, and basic hygiene for their family of nine.
Fred and Ivan
Fred and Ivan started a chapati-making business (chapati is a flat fry bread similar to naan) several years ago in an attempt to provide for the needs of their families. One thing that is essential to the success of their business is clean water.
Mary has borne the responsibility of collecting water for her family for over 40 years. The water that she walked miles to collect many times each day was so filthy that it often caused sickness and disease.
Ready to Change Everything?
When a community, school, or health clinic receives clean water, everything changes. Health improves, girls don’t miss school. Parents have time to earn an income. It is truly one of the best investments and most profound impact you can make. We hope you’ll make it with us.Join the Celebration Sponsor a Water Project
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