Clean Water Saves Lives Everyday

By: Amanda Mattingly 0 Comments   2/27/2012

A drop of clean, fresh water drips from the rusty faucet and lands in the dusty dark brown hand of a small young boy standing below.

As the water drips down in the center of his palm, a big bright smile immediately forms on his face. Immediately, he sips the next few droplets of water that come crashing down on his hand. It is the first time he has ever tasted clean water on his lips.

For many communities around the world, clean water is a foreign concept. They have never known water to be anything more than a swampy pond filled with dirty, brown water that is saturated with bacteria and is the same water they share with their livestock. They do not know what clean water even is, and they are unaware that this dirty water is the source that is causing numerous children to die right before their very eyes.

When dirty water is consumed, it carries bacteria that causes illness and ultimately steals the lives of those who drink it. In thousands of impoverished villages around the world, children are spending numerous hours each day trotting up the dusty, dirt roads along the pathway that leads to this murderous pond of water, unaware of its deadly means.

Not only does dirty water take the lives of innocent children, but it also keeps them away from school during the day as many of these villages have no access to clean water nor do they have even a dirty pond in close proximity to where they live.

Over six thousand children die each day from water-related causes and more than 40 billion hours are wasted in Africa each year, simply dedicated to fetching water from an unclean source, according to causelife, which was founded by Noel Brewer Yeatts and is the clean water initiative of World Help.

Living in a country where clean water is a commonality instead of a luxury, many are unaware that 90 percent of the 30,000 deaths that occur in one week’s time are caused by unsafe water, according to  Charity Water, which is a non-profit organization.

Over 1 billion people in the world do not have access to clean drinking water, which in turn causes over 2 million deaths each year, according to Charity Water. By providing clean water, not only are lives being saved but communities are being transformed.

“The clean water crisis is massive, but there is a simple and inexpensive solution. Digging underground and building a well will give clean and safe drinking water for an entire village for 20 years,” according to Generosity Water, another clean water initiative founded by Pastor Philip Wagner.

Just this past December, causelife and their partners raised funds through their Change the Present campaign, to build six clean water wells from Guatemala to Nepal, which will save thousands of lives and sustain numerous communities.

Charity Water has funded 6, 185 water projects around the world including: 91 projects in clinics/hospitals, 703 projects in schools and 5, 391 projects in communities. Causelife has funded 196 water projects around the world, and Generosity Water has funded 199 water projects in 17 countries. All of these organizations are passionate about seeing the lives of children and families throughout the world being transformed by simply providing them with clean, safe drinking water.

Just as Christ serves as our spiritual living water, we can pray that God would reveal himself to these communities through something as simple as clean water. Not only is clean water meeting their physical needs, but it can also serve as a platform to reach their deeper spiritual needs.

Clean water is not only about sustaining villages and saving lives, but it is also an act of service and worship unto the Lord as we reach out our hands and feet to His beloved children who are suffering. The Lord clearly shows us his will in that we would care for those who are in need. In Matthew 25, Jesus tells us that what we do for “the least of these” we do unto him.

If you are interested in getting involved in saving lives by providing clean water around the world you can begin your own fundraising page through Charity Water's fundraising platform mycharity:water, Causelife's mycause or Generosity Water's mygenerosity.

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