Keystone Youth Center Middle School Students
Despite the fundamental role of water in human health, survival, and development, today more than 750 million people live without access to clean water. Moreover, 2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation. As a result of these realities, every minute a child dies from a water-related disease, and more than 840,000 people lose their lives due to lack of access to clean water and sanitation.
Every one out of nine people does not have access to clean water which results in women and children spending more than 140 million hours a day collecting water. During water collection, women and children put their lives at risk due to attacks from both by wild animals and people. Additionally, while every dollar spent on water and sanitation yields a return of four dollars, the estimated annual loss from lack of access to water results in a 260 billion dollar loss. Despite this, only six percent of the international aid is spent on this issue.
In recognition of all these facts regarding the importance of access to clean water, we want to build a water well in Africa, which will hopefully give life to around one thousand people who are suffering and dying due to the lack of clean water.