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1,000 Wells - Living Waters
Blood:Water Mission is a movement that was started by Jars of Clay, after they came face to face with the shockingly egregious suffering present in many African nations.
3,000 people die everyday in Africa, simply because they don't have the most simple of things: clean water.
"Where you are born should not determine
whether you have access to clean water"
So Blood:Water Mission is raising money to (among other things) build wells that will provide a permanent source of clean water for villages across Africa.
The statistics are beyond shocking, considering that it takes so little to build wells and give a permanent source of clean water to an entire village! A well costing around $3,000 will supply clean water to a village of 750 people!
The ramifications of that become clear when we start looking at the concrete facts. In Africa, one out of four children die before they reach the age of 5, due to water-related disease. Therefore, in that village of 750, they have watched 250 of their family members die, simply because the water they drink is not clean.
There are no words to express the pain in the fact that the typical woman in Africa, who has no access to contraception, will give birth to around 8 children...and will watch two of them die in her arms from diarrhea and other water-related illnesses.
Now imagine the joy of walking in to a village and telling these people (who have been so deeply impacted by the deaths of so many of their children) that we have been sent from halfway around the world, by Jesus Christ; to build you a well that will stop the horror of watching your children die from diarrhea and other water-born parasites. We were sent here from so far away, because Jesus will go to any lengths to show you how much He loves you and cares for you.
The statistics are shocking:
• In developing countries, about 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions.
• 2 million people die each year due to waterborne-related disease (90% of which are children under the age of 5). As a result, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a worldwide water crisis among the world’s poorest people.
• Every week, diarrhoeal disease due to easily preventable causes claims the lives of 30,000 people, most of them young children.
• 10.6 million died in 2003 before they reached the age of 5 (same as children population in France, Germany, Greece and Italy)
• Water-related diseases are the leading cause of death in the world, taking the lives of 6,000 people a day, and are responsible for 80 percent of all sickness in the world.
• Water related illnesses affect more people on earth than any disease. The solutions are simple and we know how to provide safe access to clean drinking water—all we lack is a concerted effort to solve the problem.
• Unsafe water and poor sanitation causes intestinal worms, cholera, and diarrhea. Diarrhea is the third biggest child killer in Africa after pneumonia and malaria – killing over 700,000 children a year. A baby born in Africa is over 500 times more likely to die from diarrhea than a baby born in a G8 country. (WHO/UNICEF)
• 1.1 billion people worldwide live without safe drinking water and every day over 25,000 of them die from preventable water related illnesses.
• Of the 680 million people who live in sub-Saharan Africa, approximately ONE-HALF do not have access to a disease and parasite free water source.
• Of all the renewable water available in Africa each year, only 4% is used -- because most Africans lack the wells, canals, pumps, reservoirs and other irrigation systems.
• In the past ten years, diarrhea has killed more children worldwide than all the people lost to armed conflict since World War II.
• Twelve million people die each year from lack of safe drinking water, including more than 3 million who die from waterborne diseases.
• Over 80% of the disease in developing countries is related to poor drinking water and sanitation.
You don't have to pay for an entire well, but whatever you can give will be combined with the donations of others to reach the goal of building 1,000 wells, saving countless lives: