Today, more than 844 million people live without access to clean water. That’s roughly 1 in 9 people on earth, or about twice the population of the United States.
Water connects every aspect of life. Clean, accessible water is crucial for the sustainable development of a community, unlocking education, work opportunities and improved health for women, children and families across the world.
In most countries, the majority of people spend less than 30 minutes per day collecting clean, safe drinking water.
In Niger, the poorest country on earth with more than 50% of the population living below the poverty rate (at $1.90 or less per day), this burden of responsibility falls mostly on girls and women who walk on average 4-6 hours each day collecting water, which is often contaminated.
That’s a minimum of 20,800 steps, every day, just to get water that is making them sick.
Time spent gathering water or seeking safe sanitation accounts for billions in lost economic opportunities.
Not to mention, water-borne diseases kill more children under the age of five than malaria, measles, and HIV/AIDS – combined.
Today, 96% of Niger’s population do not have access to a toilet. Not even a simple latrine.
The consequences of poor sanitation and lack of access to clean water for a community are catastrophic:
- Each year, more than $260 billion dollars are lost globally due to lack of safe water and sanitation.
- Every 21 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease.
- Due to the time spent gathering water, educational opportunities in Niger are limited with the United Nations reporting that girls receive an average of 4 years of education or less.
– The consequences of generations of uneducated women are tragic. 85% of Nigerian women cannot read or write.
Born into Poverty
- The average woman in Niger will have seven children. That’s the highest fertility rate in the world.
Access to clean water and sanitation turns time spent into time saved, giving families more time to pursue education and work opportunities that will help break the cycle of poverty.
When a well is drilled, child mortality drops by 70%. (Wells Bring Hope)
Mothers no longer fear their children will die from drinking unsafe water. (Wells Bring Hope)
Girls no longer have to walk for water and can go to school and get an education. (Wells Bring Hope)
School absenteeism is reduced by 40%. (Wells Bring Hope)
Latrines take the place of open defecation. (Wells Bring Hope)
There is water available for growing crops to ward off famine. (Wells Bring Hope)
Women have time for income generating work. (Wells Bring Hope)
The bottom line: The problem is huge, but solvable. When a well is drilled, everything changes providing long-term sustainability for a community.
You can make an impact. Every purchase counts.
We have partnered with the non-profit, Wells Bring Hope to bring safe, clean drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene, to approximately 5-600 people in Niger.
For every product sold, we will donate 1% of our sales to fund this project. Through a collaborative partnership between Wells Bring Hope and World Vision, this donation will be multiplied by five times, growing substantially until the project is fully funded (followed by post recap, and new project selection).
Wells Bring Hope helps transform the lives of Nigerian people by drilling deep-water wells to provide safe, clean drinking water to rural villages in Niger, West Africa.
As a volunteer-based non-profit organization, Wells Bring Hope is 100% committed to and focused on providing long-term sustainability and on-going support to the communities they work in.
Through this partnership, we can not only guarantee that 100% of your 1% purchase total will go directly towards drilling a well, but can guarantee it will be multiplied by five times before doing so.
By capitalizing on economies of scale and good partnerships, your contribution will go a long way.
We have decided to partner with Wells Bring Hope for many reasons.
Wells Bring Hope is the ONLY safe water cause organization that continues working with the village for 15+ years after a well is drilled.
They are also the only US-based safe water organization to provide micro finance training to women in every village where a well is drilled.
With monthly visits, Wells Bring Hope team will maintain a presence for 15+ years in order to ensure that new practices taught become ingrained in daily behavior, creating long-term sustainable change for the community.
Your purchase will make a difference. Together, we can be a force for good.