Over 800 million people still use unsafe drinking water sources which can carry water-borne diseases like typhoid, trachoma, scabies and cholera. Drinking from unsafe water sources also leads to high rates of diarrhoea, an illness that kills 9,100 children under the age of five in Malawi each year. Inadequate access to safe water can also cause a number of other problems like malnutrition and leads to people remaining locked in poverty and diminished opportunities for thousands of people.
Access to clean water helps to decrease the occurrences of water-borne diseases and our education programmes help to improve hygiene. We also encourage communities to grow their own food, which helps fight seasonal hunger, improves nutrition and encourages economic growth. The installation of Elephant Pumps locally also means that people don't have to travel long distances to collect water, which gives women and children, who traditionally have to collect water, more time for school and work.
Because we train local people in how to maintain and repair their Elephant Pumps, our projects are sustainable and can provide a community with clean and safe water for many years. Improved health standards can reduce infant mortality and improve life expectancy in the long term. In improving education and promoting economic growth our projects can have long term benefits. For each $1 invested in safe and clean water, the World Health Organization (WHO, 2004) estimates returns of $3 - $34.