Earlier this week, the U.N. and other international groups observed World Water Day as a time to raise awareness about the plight of those who lack access to clean water. It’s hard to believe that in this day and age, many families in developing nations still don’t have plumbing in their homes and must resort to traveling long distances to fetch water from parasite-infested streams and other questionable sources.
Unsafe water has far-reaching consequences. In fact, waterborne illnesses are one of the world’s leading causes of disease and death, because so many families have no choice but to risk the dangers of using contaminated water. One result is that an estimated 2 million people, most of them young children, die each year from severe diarrhea. Other common waterborne illnesses include malaria, cholera, and typhoid.
Here at Cross, we’re doing our part to improve clean water access in developing nations by building wells for poor villagers. These wells offer a safe alternative to polluted rivers and open cisterns, and their convenient location spares children from having to spend hours each day fetching water in large plastic buckets instead of going to school.
Clean water is a basic necessity that no one should have to do without. It is needed for drinking, bathing, farming, and for maintaining even a tolerable standard of living. Click here to find out how you can bring radical transformation to a poor community by providing a simple well.