What Is World Water Day?
Did you know 703 million people, or 1 in ten, live without access to safe water; and another 1 in 4 lack access to a toilet? Both are critical elements to overall health and cause nearly a million people; including approximately 300,000 children under five, to die each year from diseases preventable with basic access to clean water and sanitation. The WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP), the global public expert on water access, sanitation and hygiene, defines “basic access” as a person’s ability to gather safe water in under a 30-minute round trip. This includes the time that it takes to wait in line.”
On March 22, 2024, Lifewater International and Water For Good invites you to join us in making this year’s World Water Day a truly global event as it focuses on public awareness of the crisis and how we can help. Founded by the United Nations in 1993, World Water Day highlights the importance of safe water and it helps bring awareness of the water crisis to the world. Clean Water & Sanitation is the UN’s 6th Sustainable Development Goal initiated in 2015 and intended to “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.”
When basic access to a clean water source and sanitation is available, it not only significantly improves the quality of life for an entire area but has a big impact on the lives of women and girls who are typically the water gatherers. Without the need to spend such a large part of their day collecting water, women have more time to care for family members and/or work. Girls have more time to attend school, which provides more positive outcomes for their future.
Lifewater International has been bringing safe water, improved health and hope to families across the globe suffering from water and sanitation crises for over 40 years. With your help, we can make progress every day, and together, we believe we can end the crisis in our lifetimes. Founded by William A. Ashe, Lifewater’s mission is guided by the belief every child and family deserves access to safe water and seeks to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the world’s most marginalized communities. We are compelled by the great commission (Matthew 28) to serve the least, the lost and the last.
This year we joined forced with Water For Good, and together, we are stronger and able to help those in need. Learn more about the merger HERE and see how these two organizations combined are able to serve 5 countries.
As Christians, our mission focuses on children and families living in extreme poverty in Africa and Asia one village at a time. We approach global problems with local, sustainable solutions for a lasting impact. Elizabeth, a grandmother in rural Shinyanga, Tanzania, faced a three-hour walk each day to get brackish, salty water for her two grandchildren and husband, which even then sometimes made the children sick. Her greatest wish was to have a source of safe water available so her grandchildren can grow up healthy and attend school to improve their chances for a brighter future. Her story is one example where people like you are making it possible for Elizabeth to get her wish as her village is now funded.
Elizabeth’s village is just one story among many and more work is needed to help eradicate this crisis. Lifewater has a list of communities still unfunded, and once you open your heart to partner with a village, your gift kickstarts a community water project. Each village is carefully selected and the process includes teaching healthy habits that make a big impact on the overall health of its members. This important step equips communities to be knowledgeable about their health and be willing to make changes. Local staff tracks the success of each project, providing support along the way; and local churches are equipped to fully embrace and love their community. Moreover, a village makes a commitment to the project by contributing up to 15% for the construction of a well. The process to become a “healthy village” takes approximately 24 months from start to finish. Please visit our completed water projects to see how your donation can make a huge difference in people’s quality of life.
Lifewater’s unfunded projects include villages in East Africa and Southeast Asia. Each project’s goal is intended to END:
- Long-walks for women: For example, in Bensa, Ethiopia, over 70 percent of the population is using an unsafe water source for drinking, cooking, and bathing causing many health problems.
- Monthly trips to the hospital: Many villages suffer over and over again from serious waterborne illnesses.
- Dangerous walks: Many women’s journey to safe water includes walking hours up and down mountains, through forests, and along steep, slippery hillsides.
- The crisis for millions of women like Adanech, who explains, “I am always asking God to give us clean water as I have seen in other villages.”
This World Water Day, Lifewater and Water For Good invites you to join us to help those in need. We welcome one-time donations or monthly pledges by joining Overflow, which allows us to plan ahead and continue helping those in need. Your monthly pledge through Overflow also allows us to maximize your contribution with a simple, one-time set-up while letting you impact precious lives each month with safe water, improved health, and the love of Christ.
Lifewater International is top-rated charity in the United States and is endorsed by independent reporting organizations, including Guidestar, ECFA, and Charity Navigator. We are honored to serve all people regardless of religion, listening first and walking alongside community members as neighbors. Please give safe water today and help us eradicate this crisis village by village.