Water is as essential as air, data, oil and is the lifeblood to humanity. There’s an acute shortage of water. The demand and supply of freshwater are misaligned. Communities and environmental ecosystems are all at risk. Climate change, seismic demographic shifts, and excessive population growth add to the existing water issues. The availability of freshwater varies significantly by location. According to McKinsey & Company, most of the world’s freshwater is divided amongst 410 named basins, which are areas of land where all water that falls or flows through that region ultimately ends at a single source.
Lack of access to clean water has mostly affected people’s livelihoods and well-being in the African countries; primarily, women and children are risked to adverse health risks, forcing child labor that leads to children dropping out of school.
The problem in hand: water crisis in Africa
The Sub-Saharan region in Africa is home to about 50% of the world’s population and does not have access to clean water. According to a study1, as many as 3.36 million children, 13.54 million adult females, spend about 30 minutes a day on a journey to collect water for households in these countries. On the other hand, usage of stored water can affect health, particularly children. Water collected from safe sources also poses a severe risk of transmitting diarrhea and other chronic diseases because of unhygienic storage practices.
The large and older cities in Africa remain affected by poor & aging water infrastructure. As the population continues to grow, there’s an increasing demand for water in urban areas. On the other hand, the water quality is poor; this affects supply, riles up the water treatment costs, and reduces the already-built water infrastructure’s lifespan.
Responding to water resilience
We have identified some of the water-stressed areas through appropriate research in some of the places we operate. We are trying to install wells that aid people get access to safe and quick access water. Each Well costs $2,500 to $4,500 per Well to purchase and install in the villages. The Well is connected to a hand pump, making it easy to pump the water within the village compound.
The situation is worsening every day. Many other small communities in Africa have claimed the need for clean and safe access to drinking water. Our goal is to improve people’s well-being and the planet’s prosperity. Would you prayerfully consider joining us in this vital endeavor as a means for meeting people’s basic needs? Together, we can impact Africa for eternity.
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