Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease. (Number estimated from statistics in the 2006 United Nations Human Development Report.
884 million people lack access to safe water supplies; approximately one in eight people. (UN Water. 2008. Tracking a Global Crisis: International year of Sanitation 2008
Almost two in every three people who need safe drinking water survive on less than $2 a day and one in three on less than $1 a day.
On our first trip to Tanzania in 2003, Floyd repaired the most beautiful windmill I had ever seen! Outreach was asked to get clean water to the village of Magugu in the Babati area; many people were dying of cholera and typhoid. It was pointed out to the villagers that the cost for clean water is less than the charcoal it would take to boil the water, less than the doctor bill to treat the sick children, and less than buying a small bottle of water. The villagers voted to charge for the water and to keep the system functioning.It had not functioned for 15 to 20 years, no one knew for sure. It took two days of hard digging for the villagers to get a trench dug for the water lines, to get the water to the village of Nkungi. Later, I met with the village leaders of each village in Illunda Ward. I asked them what the most important things were for their people; I asked them to prioritize the list. Clean water was the first thing all the villages asked for. A deep well submersible pump and chlorination system for the Gunda school was installed. This clean water was also available for Nkungi village. The pumps to the wells in Illunda Ward were repaired. A National was hired to keep the pumps in working order.
A chlorination system was built for the village of Fukeyosi, near Bagamoyo. A water catchment system was installed near Dar es Salaam. Submersible pumps and water lines have been installed in wells in many villages, to provide clean water.
In partnership with3M, a chlorination system with a unique filter and filtration system has been installed at the village of Gallapo, in Tanzania. This site will be visited by Regional Commissioner Kone July 14, 2011. This packaged system can be installed all over the world, providing potable water from their water source, for villages in need.
Giving clean water is a need and a blessing for everyone. If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact us.
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