By World Vision
The Water Effect, a clean water initiative from World Vision, is expanding from 10 countries to 25, in part because of the generosity of iDisciple subscribers. Each month a portion of each iDisciple subscription is donated to World Vision, which was able to bring clean water to an additional 15,000 people this year.
Nearly 1,000 children under the age of 5 dies each day as a result of diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and unsafe hygiene practices. However, that number is decreasing — by more than 38 percent in 2015. Let’s continue to change that.
Working alongside communities so that they take ownership in maintenance and repair of water points, World Vision reaches one new person with clean water every 30 seconds. World Vision and its partners are committed to expanding that reach to one new person every 10 seconds with clean water and sanitation by 2020. Even more: The Water Effect seeks to continue at that pace for another 10 years until World Vision reaches everyone everywhere it works by 2030.
Motivated by God’s love for all, we believe every child deserves clean water. Children also need nutritious food, essential healthcare, and basic education. Parents need reliable livelihoods. Our work addresses the whole puzzle of poverty — in ways that appropriately bear witness to Jesus Christ, the Source of living water.
Sanitation solutions, also critical to health, accompany every project. A community-led approach motivates households to build, maintain, and use their own latrines. Schools separate latrines for girls and boys; ensuring girls’ safety and menstrual hygiene means they can remain in school.
Hygiene education and tools such as hand-washing stations encourage critical healthy habits that reduce contamination and disease transmission. In fact, hand washing has been shown in developing countries to result in children growing stronger and smarter.
Pipelines supply water to people across hundreds of miles. Capping fresh water springs keeps clean water sources safe. Roof catchments funnel rainwater into protected storage tanks. Systems also include water for nutritious gardens and sustainable livelihoods.
Right-sized tools tailor solutions to community needs. Heavy-duty rigs drill deep to benefit hundreds of people. Trailer-mounted rigs dig shallower wells at half the cost. Innovative hand-drilled wells help in remote regions. High-yield wells can be mechanized with solar pumps to help more people.