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Why is safe water so important? Because without it, children and their families must drink dirty water from swamps, ponds, and other potentially deadly sources. When children are sick, they cannot go to school. When adults are sick, they cannot earn the money needed to care for their families. In this way, contaminated water prevents families, communities, and entire regions from reaching their God-given potential.
We received this grim message recently from a pastor in Kenya: “The outbreak of waterborne diseases is frequent and has claimed the lives of many children below the age of five.”
The World Health Organization says 1.7 billion (or almost one in four) people on our planet are drinking water each day contaminated by feces, and 505,000 people are dying each year from diarrheal diseases caused by contaminated water and inadequate sanitation and hygiene. That means someone – usually a child – is dying every 63 seconds. Each well you drill or pump you repair helps hundreds of people escape the waterborne diseases that either kill them or trap them in an endless cycle of sickness and poverty.
Donors like you, through Lifewater Canada, have drilled more than 2,450 wells so far while also rehabilitating more than 1,230 out-of-service wells, repairing 8,000 broken pumps, building about 174 communal washrooms (toilets and handwashing stations), and holding countless health and hygiene workshops. But there is still an enormous need for more.
Provide the life-saving gift of safe, accessible water. You'll never regret it.
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