Happy Sponsored Kids Friday, everyone!
Today, I want to share with you a campaign World Vision is working on right now: the provision of clean water. What’s important to World Vision is important to us and to the communities we partner with, so I want to share with you the steps they are taking to create solutions for clean water and the reasons behind their actions. You know, most of us have grown up in a society where indoor plumbing is an expectation. We don’t think twice about turning on the sink or shower and adjusting the temperature for our various tasks. If the water goes out, which doesn’t happen often, I guarantee you could go to a friend’s house in another neighborhood and use theirs. But if you’re like me, you probably hadn’t considered the benefits we have by having easy access to clean water. So first, let’s talk about some of the challenges facing communities without access to clean water.
- Every day, more than 800 children under age 5 die from diarrhea attributed to poor water and sanitation.
- No indoor plumbing? No access to water? That means that 2.3 billion people live without access to basic sanitation.
- The average woman in rural Africa walks 6 kilometers every day to haul 40 pounds of water.
- Women and girls spend an estimated 200 million hours hauling water every day. Plus, all that time spent walking is taking away from time spent in school.
- 844 million people lack basic drinking water access. That’s more than 1 of every 10 people on the planet.
With that in mind, and to raise money for their Water Fund, World Vision is hosting the Global 6K for Water on May 16th! WV’s Water Fund helps their teams utilize several methods to provide clean water for the communities they serve. This run (or jog, or walk, or crawl) can happen wherever you – your neighborhood, a local park, even a treadmill! No social contact required! The fee to join is $50 for adults and $25 for anyone 18 or younger. I know money is tight for a lot of us right now, but I think there are lots of ways to raise the money to join (think a Facebook fundraiser or a bake sale for your neighbors who are tired of baking!). ALL of that money goes directly to their clean water initiative, which does some really cool things:
- Drilling, developing, and repairing wells and other vital water points.
- Teaching local community members how to keep water flowing.
- Overseeing the building of latrines and hand-washing facilities.
- Promoting healthy hygiene practices through education and behavior-change programming.
Did you know this water fund has been directly impacting one of our sponsored kids? In Nkwanta, Ghana, children (inlcuding an 11 year old we sponsor) used to have to walk several kilometers every day just to carry water back to their families. Now, thanks to World Vision, they have clean water right in their village! In 2018 and 2019, World Vision drilled a borehole in Nkwanta, which allows anyone to come up to the pump and get clean water whenever they need it. A borehill is a narrow shaft that is bored into the ground and helps pull up natural resources below – often water, but in other areas, natural gas. A borehole also has a “well screen” around it, which helps keep contaminants out of the water (sand, bacteria, etc.). Because it’s being drawn directly from the ground, there is not a concern about the cleanliness of the water (compared to ponds, which may be infested with mosquitoes or dangerous bacteria). World Vision also provided training on borehole upkeep to a few members of the community, and that borehole can be repaired at any time, at no cost to the village. Check out the attached video to see a community update for Nkwanta and hear about the improvements directly from community members! My challenge to all of us this week (and the next month) is to consider joining this 6K, or even just telling others about it. Here is a link with all the information you’ll need to sign up and learn more: https://www.teamworldvision.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=cms.page&id=3123&eventGrou&cmsContentSe
Happy Friday, everyone!