The global water crisis claims 3.4 million lives each year. To us, it’s not just a statistic. It’s 3.4 million people with names, families, hopes and dreams. When confronted with this reality, we must respond. This is not someone else’s crisis…it’s all of ours.
The Water Crisis
Did you know that more than $1.2 billion worth of water infrastructure investment has been wasted over the last 20 years on water wells that sit broken today? Charity alone will never solve the water crisis. Charity is effective when it’s used to empower local people with the opportunity to solve their own problems in ways that can be self-sustained locally.
Will you join us in empowering more local heroes to be the solution to their water crisis? When we all start doing that, they will make the water crisis history once and for all.
How Can We Solve This?
Market Based Safe Water
“We’re committed to local people solving local problems with local resources. We’re committed to working through the capacity, strength and greatness of ordinary people to do whatever it takes to see a world where every last person has abundant access to safe water.”
President & CEO
The Human Crisis
- Women bear 62 percent of the responsibility of collecting water in Sub-Saharan Africa. (UNICEF)
- Basic hygienic practices by birth attendants can reduce the risk of infections, sepsis and death for infants and mothers by up to 25%, yet many health facilities lack even basic water and sanitation facilities. (WHO)
- A World Bank evaluation of 122 water projects found that the effectiveness of a project was six to seven times higher where women were involved than where they were not. (WORLD BANK/UNICEF)
- About 44 million pregnant women have sanitation-related hookworm infections that pose a considerable health burden in developing societies. (UNICEF)