Why It Matters
An astounding 800 million people in the world lack access to clean water; and as a result, they have no choice but to drink dirty, and often, contaminated water. Every year, more than 3 million people die from water-related diseases. Children under five are especially at risk.
Often uneducated about the consequences of drinking contaminated water, families living in poverty practice open defecation in the same riverbanks they drink from. Without necessary toilets or latrines, drinking contaminated water becomes an anchored and continuous cycle. More than 2 billion people in the world lack access to adequate sanitation; but understanding and practicing clean sanitation techniques is a fundamental element that can change the fates of impoverished families for generations.
Who It Affects
Helping teach communities to build wells and properly maintain them, Outreach has increased the amount of families who are able to access clean water five-fold.
Outreach has helped secure safe water for thousands of people in DR Congo. In Navuindu, two of every three families now have access to clean water, and we are working tirelessly to increase that number.
Before Outreach International began working in India, none of our communities had access to clean water. Today, 95 percent of children and their families in our communities are using clean water to drink, bathe in and cook with, and we are continuing to expand our reach in India.
Working with families in Malawi, Outreach has now helped more than one-third of individuals gain access to wells and water pumps, and we are continuing to increase water projects in the area.
In the communities we work in, more than 50 percent of families now have access to safe drinking water. Helping villages access clean water is a constant priority for us, and we strive to access safe water for all families in Nicaragua.
Today, we've helped 60 percent of the families in Outreach communities gain access to safe drinking water.
Today, after teaching communities to build wells and properly maintain them, we have helped 45 percent of Outreach communities gain access to safe drinking water.
According to the UN, 663 million people worldwide lack reliable access to clean water. Outreach and our partners in Malawi recently teamed up to further reduce this statistic through the completed construction of a new community water...