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Clean Water Year-End Update

Providing clean water saves lives and impacts communities for future generations by meeting physical needs, preventing illnesses, and aiding in economic and social growth.

Published: December 4, 2015


Project Update

India, Uganda, Guatemala, Peru, and Nepal India, Uganda, Guatemala, Peru, and Nepal

Clean water is a necessity that many people take for granted. However, 663 million people around the world do not have this basic necessity of life. Severe malnutrition and waterborne diseases are very common throughout impoverished villages without access to clean water. Illnesses such as malaria, typhoid, cholera, and trachoma as well as contraction of deadly parasites or worms are frequent in these communities. Sadly, numerous men, women, and children die every day because they do not have safe drinking water.

However, these facts don’t tell the whole story. Thanks to your help, we are able to provide clean water that saves lives, prevents the spread of diseases, and changes communities for the better! Hope can be restored to these communities through the gift of clean water.

In 2015, the Pascualita Cocoroco community in the lowlands of Peru was greatly impacted by a clean-water well. Before the well was drilled, this community of 200 people relied solely on rain water and deliveries from the city twice a week.

Since the water trucks came around 10:30 in the morning, parents working outside the home faced challenges to receive this delivery of water for their families. As a result, many children took on the responsibility to stay home from school to make sure their family would have water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning.

Two students, 9-year-old Joel Ahuite and his 11-year-old sister Amanda, left school early several times a week to collect water for their family while their mother was away at the market selling vegetables for the family income. Education took a back seat to making sure they had enough water to survive, and their grades began to suffer over time.

But their lives were changed when a clean-water source was provided in their own village.

Now, Joel and Amanda are able to collect clean water after school from a well near their home, and their grades have improved. Joel wants to be the director of his school when he grows up. And since he is able to focus on his education without worrying about missing school to collect water, he is better able to pursue his dream.

Everyone in the community now has access to clean water daily to meet all their needs. The families living in this area will no longer be part of a startling statistic, but a story of hope. And with your help, thousands more people will have access to clean water in the years to come.

Providing clean water saves lives and impacts communities for future generations by meeting physical needs, preventing illnesses, and aiding in economic and social growth.

Thank you for your continued efforts to help us provide clean-water projects for communities in need around the world. We have already provided 36 new water projects in 2015 in countries like India, Uganda, Guatemala, Peru, and Nepal, impacting 25,500 lives. Through the compassion of our faithful supporters, we hope to impact even more lives this year.

Join with us this Christmas season by investing in the gift of clean water . . . transform an entire community by meeting this crucial, tangible need in impoverished communities worldwide.

Visit worldhelp.net/water to learn more.

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Additional Reading
    • Provide Clean Water this Christmas
    • Today, there are 663 million people living without access to clean water. And this Christmas, you can do something to change that.

    • Why Attacking Poverty Starts With Water
    • In the region of Kirinda, you cannot separate poverty and the effects of dirty water. New generations of children continue to shine bright with potential . . . but without clean water in their communities, they will always face the monstrous hurdle of poverty.

    • Clean Water Matters in the Fight for Gender Equality
    • Customarily, women and girls throughout sub-Saharan Africa are tasked with the daily chore of gathering water for their families—which can require walking several miles a day with heavy containers. As a result, girls miss significantly more school than their male peers, which is reflected in less education and lower literacy rates.

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