I don’t know about you but it is rare that I’ve ever had to worry about water. I turn on a faucet when I need to wash hands or visit the front of my fridge when I am thirsty. We have hoses, washing machines and showers, yet water is at the heart of a daily crisis faced by billions of the world’s most vulnerable people—a crisis that threatens life and destroys livelihoods on a devastating scale. When we brought our daughter home from Ethiopia she was very sick from parasites, thought to be contracted from contaminated water.
Nearly 90 percent of all diseases in the world are caused by unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene. Every year there are 4 billion cases of diarrhea as a direct result of drinking contaminated water. This results in more than 2.2 million deaths each year—the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing every day.The weakest members of these communities are the most vulnerable. Every day water-related diseases claim the lives of 5000 children under the age of five. That’s roughly one every 15 seconds.
Unlike war and terrorism, the global water crisis does not make media headlines, despite the fact that it claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns. Unlike natural disasters, it does not rally concerted international action, despite the fact that more people die each year from drinking dirty water than from the world’s hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, and earthquakes combined. This is a silent crisis experienced by the poor, and tolerated by those with the resources, technology, and the political power to end it. Yet this is a crisis that is holding back human progress, consigning large segments of humanity to lives of poverty, vulnerability, and insecurity. This is true throughout much of Ethiopia.
With your help we can change the water crisis for those at the Chapa school and surrounding community. Clean water at Chapa would bring hope, wellness and restoration to not only a school compound but also to the surrounding community. Help the Children’s Hopechest staff on the ground in Ethiopia to provide the precious gift of water by clicking here. No gift is too small and we welcome your prayers of support too. After the money is raised to complete the project, the best organization will be selected for drilling and completion of pipeline and filtration process in Ethiopia.
Please click here if you wish to learn more about the connections between the global water crisis, poverty and water related disease.
*Thank you to Jon Morton Studios and Living Water International