BENEFITING: National Peace Corps Association
Togo Clean Water Project
The summary below was provided by the Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.
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It is easy for people living in the developed world to forget that there are millions of people who lack access to clean water. It is equally as difficult to imagine the hardships people endure - lack of nutrition, diseases, high infant mortality - that come from dirty water. For millions of people living in developing countries like Togo, these conditions are everyday realities that inhibit the ability to work, pursue an education, or raise a family. A lack of potable water not only leads directly to poverty and illness, it leaves little opportunity for growth. Access to clean water is not only the basis of development work; it is the foundation of a productive and fully functioning community.
This is what makes the Togo Clean Water Project of insurmountable importance. The project will replace 16 broken pumps in communities that currently lack potable water with new pumps. The Togo Clean Water Project will lead directly to a reduction of water-borne illnesses and infant mortality in these communities and will also promote gender equality, sanitation, and food security. Each of these communities understands that immeasurable amounts of time and resources are lost due to illness and other problems resulting from a lack of access to clean water. These communities have already demonstrated their commitment to this project by raising a quarter of the project's total cost; they understand the magnitude of the impact that this project can have. The Togo Clean Water Project will improve the lives of over 25,000 people.