Educating Champions of Clean Water
“We shall not finally defeat AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, or any of the other infectious diseases that plague the developing world until we have also won the battle for safe drinking water, sanitation and basic health care.” – Kofi Annan, Former United Nations Secretary-General
Water education is just as much a part of our clean-water initiatives as the actual digging and building process. World Help believes in empowering individuals in developing communities to be savvy about water—it’s risks, the consequences, and how to maintain it. We cultivate this water “know how” in two specific ways . . .
A village receives a well, the community is transformed, and it enjoys generations of health—end of story, mission accomplished . . . right? Not exactly.
Yes, without a doubt, clean water can revitalize the health, economy, and physical and spiritual development of an entire community. Clean water has the power to change everything for people in need. But what if the water stops?
Pumps break, parts go bad, water tables dry up. So World Help wants to know that every community we work in is battle ready when unforeseen circumstances arise.
In every village that receives a well or water project, our national partners designate an “overseer” that facilitates the project from implementation to completion. These men and women are typically community leaders, pastors, or local authorities. They are educated to properly supervise well maintenance and repairs—taught to remain vigilant for problems or the threat of any future setbacks.
When something goes wrong, our partners know about it, and we work as quickly as possible find a solution. But this wouldn’t be possible without trained men and women with their ears to the ground. By mobilizing individuals from within these communities, we set up a model of sustainable care . . . so that their peers and families will never have to go without clean water again.
Health and Hygiene
More than 2 million people still lack access to improved sanitation sources today. In fact, diarrhea alone claims the lives of 1.8 million people every year, and 90 percent of them are children. According to the World Health Organization, 88 percent of these diarrhea-related diseases are caused by contaminated water sources and poor sanitation and hygiene.
Statistics like these have taught us to be proactive about sanitation and hygiene awareness. Where necessary, our partnering children’s homes educate their students on the importance of hand and face washing, brushing their teeth with clean water, and other hygienic practices.
At the Destiny Children’s Home in Uganda, World Help is partnering to build a new toilet facility to replace outdoor pit latrines. This same campus now has a new water holding tank where children can wash their hands before meals.
The students at Chalnakhel School in Nepal are learning how to combat prevalent regional sicknesses by drinking only clean water from their new water station. Additionally, many of our partnering children’s homes also teach their students how to irrigate and sustain small gardens with only clean water.
When you support World Help water initiatives, you invest in water education and sustainability, better sanitation, and practical hygiene—the keys to ending the World Water Crisis. With your help, we can fight this crisis one step at a time . . . we can train champions of clean water . . . we can make water “know how” a staple in every single family on earth. Will you join us?