charity: water, one of our partners for this quarter, stands as one of the most vital. Though each project we work with pushes to make the world a better place, this program focuses on the simplest, most fundamental need for life: clean water. And though it is something that we take for granted living in the first world, there are a number of places, where many do not have access to this life source.
As a non-profit that provides clean drinking water to communities in developing nations, charity: water also focuses on educating the public about health and sanitation, women and children, and economies and communities.
More people are killed every year by unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation than all forms of violence, including war. Children in particular fall victim to unsafe water as their bodies are more vulnerable to diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses.
Thus, 90% of the 30,000 deaths caused by unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are children under five years old. Reports show that 3.6% of the global disease load can be easily prevented by refining water supply, sanitation, and hygiene.
The economic loss due to the deficiency in safe water and sanitation is $28 million or about 5% of GDP in Africa. The poorest of households spend up to 11% of their income on clean water as small-scale private distributors charge full market prices. Much of the time, this water cannot even be guaranteed as safe.
When a village is involved in a water project, the walk for water that used to take hours—40 billion hours each year walking for water in Africa—is decreased to 15 minutes with a guarantee that the water will be safe to drink. Additionally, a hygiene worked teaches the village the importance of sanitation, and helps to build latrines and hand washing stations. Persons within the village are also given the responsibility to oversee the new water supply. And, as a woman, this will be a first local leadership position. The extra time can then be spent on nurturing crops and spending time in school, thus improving the future of the community.
Nimbus is proud to assure 10% of each bottle sold to charity: water goes towards their upcoming program that will help their Ethiopia and Uganda programs access to clean, safe water!
About our other charity partners: http://www.thenimbusproject.com/?page_id=1458
For more information about Charity Water visit: www.charitywater.org