It seems unimaginable that over 600 million people across the world don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. 1 in 10 people on the planet, twice the population of America, struggle to find clean water to drink every day—something you and I take for granted. Access to water is not only the difference between life and death it is also the catalyst for sustainable change. Each day, thousands of people in Africa make the long, and often dangerous trek to fetch water. It is the younger women who often carry out this arduous task. Not only is their personal safety in jeopardy, but so is their education. They either miss school or are unable to attend at all. Women are at significant risk of being attacked when they leave the safety of their villages to trek many kilometres to collect water.
Just one well in one village can be life changing. Infant mortality rates are vastly reduced, the risk of violent attacks outside of the village is removed and school attendance increases significantly. The result is a new generation of healthy, happy and educated people.
I love the change Water for Africa are bringing to hundreds of thousands of lives each year. Phil and Julie Hepworth have a passion to see Africa transformed through the provision of clean water. I visited Tanzania and saw what villages were like before the provision of a well, and after. Water transforms lives.
It is clear that Water for Africa have a plan, a strategic approach, and a tender heart for the people of Africa.
If you want to be involved in bringing about long-term sustainable change then I would strongly recommend you partner with Water for Africa. Together we can bring clean water to the forgotten 10% of our planet, and in the process, help restore hope for a better future.