Blue Planet Network brings the spotlight on communities worldwide who bear the disproportionate burden of the safe drinking water crisis. Acting as an online engine for the water sector in 27 countries and counting, Blue Planet Network connects WASH funders, organizations and grass-roots communities through its technology platform to exponentially increase the impact of safe drinking water and sanitation programs built by its implementing members.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Unsafe drinking water is the world's #1 cause of disease & death. It's unconscionable that impure water kills over 2 million people each year - 90% children under five. Half the world's hospital beds are filled with people with water-born diseases. A WHO/UNICEF survey of 45 developing countries states that women & children are responsible for water collection in 76% of households. In a single day women can spend over 200 million collective hours fetching water.
How will this project solve this problem?
Blue Planet Network helps mobilize and connect the global water, sanitation and hygiene sector (WASH). Its technology platform of innovative tools and services aid in planning, management, monitoring, analysis, showcasing & sharing of WASH programs. This "human network" approach promotes collaboration, lowers costs, & increases accountability for an overall increase in sustainable outcomes. Through this fundraising page donations go directly to water projects of BPN's NGO members - See website.
Potential Long Term Impact
Sustainable safe drinking water and sanitation is the first step out of poverty and towards building a better life. The UN Development Program estimates that for every $1 invested in water and sanitation solutions there is a return of up to $8 in increased productivity. Women will be freed up to live more productive and prosperous lives through leadership and business development, instead of lugging water for miles or visiting the health clinic several times per week when ill.
Total Funding Received to Date: $5,532
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $4,468
Total Funding Goal: $10,000