Almost 1 billion people on our planet don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water and proper sanitization. That’s one in every eight of us. 4,500 children die every day from diseases caused by contaminated water. That’s approximately one child in every 15 seconds. 80% of all global diseases are water-born and result from drinking contaminated water. These diseases kill more than 2.2 million people every year.
The average distance a woman walks to collect water in most impoverished nations is 3.75 miles. The task of collecting water falls on young girls, leaving them no time or energy for school. Without education, it is nearly impossible to break the cycle of poverty.
Most people aren’t aware of this situation at all, or simply don’t know just how grave it is. What’s worse is the water is there, below grounds, but most of these communities can’t reach it because they can’t afford to drill down to it.
Water is both the problem and the solution. Starting now and running until May 10, the BTC bookstore, in conjunction with the Student Network of Activities and Programs (SNAP), will be accepting $5 donations to help build a freshwater well.
In most developing nations, $5,000 to $12,000 is all it takes to build a freshwater well for an entire community of 500 people. By bringing in fresh water to a community, disease drops by 80% and child mortality drops by nearly 99% overnight.
Please consider making a contribution at the BTC bookstore to help with this worthy cause. For every $5 donation received, the BTC book store will give out free Thirst Project wristlets to help further awareness of the program
To find out more about how you can support the Thirst Project, go to www.thirstproject.org.