Children are acutely affected by the lack of access to clean drinking water. In India, 1.8 million children die before the age of 5 each year, many related to water-borne illnesses. More than 100 million people in the country-mostly in rural, poor areas-are in need of safe water. Without this, already overburdened communities bear the added stress of healthcare costs, loss of school days and reduced time for income-generating activity. This 3-village project is part of a large-scale impact plan.
We work with underserved villages to design and implement locally sustainable water purification systems. Local operators are trained; loans assist community ownership; and families learn proper hygiene to maintain the integrity of the water.
Access to clean water for 8,000 people in 3 low-income villages will eliminate rampant water-borne disease, allowing time and energy for productive activities. Children return to school; women gain time for livelihoods; and communities grow stronger.