Can you imagine walking miles every day to collect water that was constantly making you sick? For millions of people across India, their most basic necessity for life — water — is also one of their biggest enemies. Dirty water makes people sick and causes devastating waterborne illnesses. Your gift of $53 will provide safe water to a family in desperate need of disease-free water.
In India, 160 million people in India lack safe water, and the World Bank estimates that 21 percent of all communicable diseases are related to unsafe drinking water. Water-related diseases affect millions, mostly children, and women spend their days collecting water instead of working, growing food or caring for their children. Many people who lack clean drinking water live in poverty in remote areas. They travel for hours, walking barefoot across dirt roads to collect water for their families. But the water they bring home is often life destroying. It carries dangerous bacteria that can make everyone sick.
Unsafe water is filled with disease! Families drink water that is often contaminated with:
The water is not safe to drink, but it is often their only option. When children get sick, families must spend what little money they have to take the sick child to a doctor in town and buy medicine. One trip will usually cost several days wages. Unsafe water creates a vicious cycle, which causes sickness and keeps people entrenched in poverty.
You can give safe and disease-free water that will transform the health of a family—and even a community. You will provide health and wellness for years to come. Additionally, India Partners’ WASH (Water, Access, Sanitation and Hygiene) program teaches people the importance of hygienic practices to help prevent diseases and saves lives.
Safe water changes lives forever. You are giving a family improved health, a better quality of life, and hope for a brighter future. You can transform the health of an entire family or a village with your gift of safe water.