CLEAN WATER IN LIBERIA, WEST AFRICA
BENEFITING: AFRICA HEARTWOOD PROJECT INC
$15,000 will build 5 hand dug wells in 5 villages in a rural area of Liberia which will impact the lives of at least 750 people.
84% of the people live in rural areas lack access to improve clean water. According to statistics and facts from The Water Project organization, 783 million people do not have access to clean and safe water and 37% of those people live in Sub-Saharan Africa. This results in losing 443 million school days each year due to water-related diseases. Almost two-thirds, 64% of households rely on women to get the family's water when there is no water source in the home.
Because there is a lack of clean water in many rural villages in Africa, water-borne and water-based diseases are a primary cause of preventable illness and premature deaths, with children being particularly vulnerable. Nearly 1 out of every 5 deaths under the age of 5, worldwide, is due to a water-related disease. In addition, during the dry season, hundreds of collective hours can be spent each week in transporting this unclean water, by hand, from surface water sources such as rivers and swamps to the villages; this same time could be spent doing more productive activities, such as attending school or growing crops.
The partnership effort to install a well in each village immediately improves the health and well-being of everyone in the village, even saving lives. In addition to health benefits and increased productivity, the local water source allows for cultivation of vegetable crops throughout the year through irrigation. It can also provide a source of revenue that will be used to increase the quality of life in the village, including education, medical care, and access to technology.
2009-2014; 17 Successful Water Projects Completed. Over 3,700 served!