Access to Safe Water

Gives safe water for life for 1 person
Gift Description:
$25 is the average cost to provide one child with safe water. 1 in 10 people do not have access to clean drinking water, which kills nearly 1,400 children a day. Every 15 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease. This gift provides access to clean water for one person. A foundational element of life, water is used daily for cooking, cleaning and drinking. Dirty water harbors parasites and diseases that can cause debilitating ailments, developmental problems, and even death. In addition to the dangers of drinking dirty water, families must often walk many miles to the nearest water source, subjecting them to the elements, assault, and harassment. With safe water, you are both protecting a child from life-threatening diseases and allowing that child to go to school, to dream and reach his or her full potential. Even in regions prone to natural disasters, water infrastructure has proven to be a smart investment, sometimes reducing flood damage or disease rates among survivors. For every $1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of $4 is returned in increased productivity.
Area Served:
Gift Provided By:
WaterAid America
New York, NY
WaterAid improves lives by enabling the world's poorest people to gain access to safe water and sanitation. Providing these basic human rights forms the first essential step in overcoming poverty. It works with local partners and provides them with the skills and support to set up and manage practical and sustainable projects that meet real needs. It also works to change policy and practice and ensure the essential role of water, hygiene and sanitation in reducing poverty is recognized.

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