This cause is near and dear to my heart in so many beautiful ways. Our church began supporting this organization years ago and it has become a tradition in our home to save money during the year by giving relational gifts for Christmas, birthday’s and anniversaries instead of giving stuff we won’t use or don’t really need. The money saved is sent to Living Water. The organization drills wells in third world and underdeveloped countries, so that every one in the community or village has access to clean, life giving water. Every Christmas, all the collected offering money during the 10+ services at our church goes straight to Living Water. Last year, close to a million dollars was collected during church services and given to Living Water International!
When our family first learned some of the horrifying statistics of water related disease, we knew we had to participate and I urge everyone to get involved. Every little bit helps!
Did you know…
– More than 840,000 are estimated to die each year from diarrhea as a result of unsafe drinking-water, sanitation, and hand hygiene.
– The deaths of 360,000 children under the age of five could be avoided each year if these risk factors were addressed.
– The simple behavior of hand-washing with soap can save lives, cutting diarrhea by almost one-half and acute respiratory infections by nearly one-quarter.
– 2.4 billion people lack access to improved sanitation—technologies such as flush toilets, piped sewers, or even a ventilated pit latrine. But when they have access, water sources can be kept safe and free of fecal contaminants.
– Waterborne parasites such as roundworm, whipworm, and hookworm impact children’s ability to attend school and focus in the classroom, limiting their potential. These and other diseases—along with the time-consuming chore of hauling water for the family—cause absenteeism and early drop-out. Safe water access near every school, even on-site, can keep kids in class.
– Too often the journey is not safe. Trails can be steep and rocky or muddy and slippery. And when women walk alone, they are often vulnerable to sexual assault. Women and their children suffer most without water, but they’re also poised to make the biggest changes in their communities once they gain safe-water access.
Safe water removes the single heaviest burden from the lives of the poorest people in our world. Not having to deal with this daily crisis means time for school, work, life, and health—and allows individuals and communities to plan for tomorrow.