“Access to water is indispensable for leading a life in human dignity. It is a prerequisite for the realization of other human rights” – United Nations
With this text, the United Nations added access to water to the list of human rights in 2010.
Although there has been a steady increase in access, today, 1 in 3 people globally is still forced to rely on untreated and often contaminated water sources.
In India, this number is even higher. More than half of the population has no access to safe drinking water. And the situation is often worsened by the lack of sanitation.
For those of us who can just turn on a faucet to get a glass of clean water, it is difficult to imagine the far-reaching impact that this seemingly simple privilege has.
But gaining access to clean drinking water can drastically improve various aspects of individual lives and communities.
Access to clean water and sanitation means:
Contaminated water often causes diseases like cholera and diarrhea and in low-income countries, 6% of deaths are a result of unsafe water sources. Young children and babies are especially vulnerable and access to clean water and safe sanitation means more children will survive past the first 5 years of their lives.
It’s simple, if you don’t have to spend a major part of your life fetching water from a faraway source, you have time to go to school. And if those schools also have safe water and sanitation chances are even higher that children will study without interruptions.
It is mostly women and girls who carry the burden of fetching water. Access to a nearby source of safe water empowers them to study and to work outside the home. Safe sanitation further protects them from being attacked and they miss fewer school days when they are menstruating.
Safe drinking water and sanitation can help whole communities flourish when people are sick less often and can dedicate more time to developing professional skills and starting businesses and initiatives. On top of this, the simple fact that water systems need maintenance creates new job opportunities.
When different communities share the same water source, this can lead to conflict and people being cut off from this source or the source is destroyed. Having accessible and safe water sources for all helps bring peace to regions.
Water For People – “Everyone, Forever”
Founded in 1991, Water For People has grown from 3 people with an idea to a nonprofit organization active in nine countries: Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Peru, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and India.
With the motto of “Everyone, Forever”, they spend around 2 years in a region to make sure everyone in the community has access to safe water, sanitation, and an understanding of good hygiene and to establish systems that make sure their work has a long-lasting impact.
Specifically, our Nicequest donation campaign will raise the funds for:
- Installing hand pumps in communities, schools, and health centers along with an effective operation and maintenance system.
- Improving sanitation and promoting the treatment and reuse of fecal sludge.
- Establishing water user committees to collect fees for the maintenance and development of water safety and protection plans to protect water sources, institutionalize water supply assessments and ensure regular monitoring.
- Providing training for district partners and local communities to implement and maintain their water and sanitation systems and promote strong networks among them.
These efforts will directly help 111 people.
To help fund this project, donate your Korus to Water for People. Every bit counts!
And if you’re not a Nicequest member yet but you would like to contribute, sign up on our waiting list to join Nicequest and earn Korus by sharing your opinions and experiences! Waiting list for the UK and for the US.