The True Value of WaterHelping communities in need get cleaner, safer water.
Retrieving clean water is a daily, life-threatening struggle for hundreds of millions of people. We are on a mission to partner with amazing organizations to change that.
We take clean water for granted, and there’s no simpler way to put it. Image if your quick walk to the faucet for a drink turned into a 4 mile trek, or your Nalgene bottle transformed into a five gallon oil jug. What if you could no longer dial in that perfectly tempered shower, or start your morning with that meticulously brewed latte? Every aspect of our daily lives would be tremendously more difficult, if they could still exist at all, without unprohibited access to clean water. Think about how many times you use water in your morning routine alone.
For hundreds of millions of people though, life with clean water has never existed.
844 million people around the world are without clean water, as reported by UNICEF. That is a staggering one in ten people.
In most communities lacking clean water, women and young girls are sent to retrieve the water (usually totaling 40 pounds), often walking an hour or two each way. Densely populated rural areas can have lines eight hours or more at the retrieval sites, which are typically unprotected wells, springs, lakes, and ponds. If the amount of work going into retrieving the water isn’t enough, using these sites is also a gamble. Untreated and unprotected water sources are often contaminated with garbage and sewage, making proper hygiene impossible.
Unsafe water is the result of 80% of all illnesses in underdeveloped countries. According to Wash Watch, a child under the age of 5 is killed every two minutes due to dirty water and unclean environments. A newborn dies every minute from a water-related infection, including dysentery, typhoid, and malaria.
In fact, the number of deaths caused by a lack of clean water totals more than all types of violence combined, including war.
Hydration and hygiene aside, water retrieval prevents impoverished and underdeveloped communities from advancing. A total of 443 million school days are lost due to water retrieval and illness. If 15-20 hours a week are spent retrieving water, those people (usually women and young girls) are unable to work, care for their families, or attend school. Girls aspiring to become productive members and leaders within their communities miss out on the educational opportunities that would give them the skills to do so.
The actual problem with clean water is not that there isn’t enough of it, but that the proper sanitary retrieval and storage systems don’t exist.
Thankfully, there are great organizations that are on a mission to bring clean water and healthy living to the communities in need of it most.
The joy clean water brings a community is unmistakable. Children and parents smile like they never have before at the sight of their new well or spring in action. For them, clean water means so much more than quenched thirst. It’s hope for a better future. A safer, more educated future. It gives them freedom to live.
DollarFund is proud to give and support amazing organizations that work towards quenching the thirsty and bringing clean water to people around the world!
Next time you spend a dollar on a bottle of water, think about how easy it is for us. How simple water is, how freely it flows. If you haven’t joined DollarFund yet, it only takes 5 minutes and $1. Thank you for being one of the million.