The Issue: Lack of Sanitation in Rural Areas
A toilet can be taken for granted when it's part of a person's daily life. The average person visits it five times a day before tucking it into bed at night. But not everyone has such easy access to sanitation facilities. There's a woman in India who spends 20 rupees every day for her family to use public restrooms. Another 13-year-old girl spends three hours a day collecting water for her family to cook, drink, and relieve themselves with. These two are part of the roughly 1.2 billion people around the world who lack access to hot showers, clean water from a tap, or even a toilet. However, clean water and toilets can help ward off an often-overlooked killer—diarrhea.
The Campaign: Providing Access to Clean Water, Sanitation, and Education
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Water.org to bring clean water and sanitation to people in rural areas. For every $5, $10, or $25 donated in honor of World Toilet Day on November 19, Water.org can increase access to clean water and sanitation facilities in rural areas of India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Haiti, and Bangladesh. Each donation can improve the lives of underserved populations by:
- Letting children wash their hands to prevent illness
- Halting the use and ingestion of contaminated surface water
- Freeing up time for school or work
- Setting up clean faucets and plumbing for cooking
- Giving people a suitable place to skim Reader's Digest
- Ensuring sanitary water is available to clean and treat wounds
- Preventing people from wandering into empty fields at night to defecate
On average, it costs roughly $25 to provide clean water to one person for life. Although the cost of wells and sanitation facilities varies greatly by country, it only takes one system to change the lives of and restore dignity to hundreds of people.
Water.org understands the contradictory nature of one of the world's most abundant resources. On one hand, nearly 70% of Earth is covered with water, while on the other, the amount of clean, potable, fresh water is only 2.5% of that amount. In some places, water flows freely from taps, while in others, the closest water source is miles away. In these places, people have to walk to a public well, and carry home as much water as they can for cooking, drinking, and bathing, or they resort to using contaminated surface water. This is where Water.org steps in.
Co-founded by Matt Damon and Gary White, Water.org works to alleviate water scarcity through regular interventions in the most remote areas of the world. In Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, and Bangladesh, volunteers work with invested local partners to drill wells, deliver water to households, build spring-fed pump systems, and educate people on proper hygiene and disease prevention.
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