WATER IS TRANSFORMATIONAL – Access to clean water changes everything, impacting people’s lives on a daily basis and for generations to come.
It’s hard to imagine the idea of going to the tap only to find dirty, disease-filled water streaming from it. Or – can you imagine – no tap (no toilet, no shower) at all? Today, 1 in 10 people lack access to safe water and 1 in 3 people lack access to a toilet. Each day, 2000 children under the age of five die from waterborne illness.
Women and girls struggle the most, bearing the same health and logistical challenges and also the bulk of the responsibility for the collection of water for their families. In sub-Saharan Africa, women and girls collect 90% of the water and wood, journeying distances of 4 miles or more and carrying water jugs which can weigh in at 40 pounds. Beyond the health and safety considerations in this never-ending effort, there is no time left for their education, faith formation, or to elevate their families from suffering.
What Does WorldServe Do?
WorldServe International – working in East Africa for nearly two decades – attacks the crisis through established long-term collaborations with faith-based, government, educational and other organizations to bring clean water where it can be sustainably accessed and maintained over time. We believe: Water Changes Everything.
Since WorldServe’s founding, the sustainability of our projects has also set us apart. It’s shocking: more than half the water projects established in sub-Saharan Africa are currently inoperative. Though all were likely brought online with the best of intentions, a long-term plan for sustainability was absent from the bulk of them. WorldServe’s model, focused on the “long haul” and working with village leaders – including women –in project planning and creating projects successfully transforms large communities. With water as the foundation, community potential rapidly accelerates. We believe: Water Changes Everything.
By delivering water to entire communities, we enable communities to become self-sufficient through:
Water and Sanitation
Each and every year, diseases from unclean water kill more people than all forms of violence. Healthly adults get violently sick after once glass of tainted water, children and older adults who are not as strong succumb to various diseases.
Clean water security is truly a trickle down social, quality of life and economic proposition. Mothers have more time devoted toward their families instead of trudging miles each way to collect water in 30-40 pound jugs. Quality of life for children expands exponentially, they spend less time being sick and more time at school or with their families.
If you want to eliminate 80% of developing countries' illnesses and 50% of hospital visits, then give communities clean water. Surface water is sure to contain all sorts of disease carrying organisms, and the most susceptible are young kids, especially children under the age of 5.
Providing communities access to clean water for drinking, washing their hands, washing their food and utensils opens up the possibilities of self sufficiency, progress and prosperity.
The lack of education is a major obstacle in breaking the cycle of poverty. If your basic needs - including water - are not being met, there is little time for anything else. Instead of spending time attending school or class, children and women tend to the daily needs of finding water to cook, clean, and provide water to crops and animals.
Access to clean water breaks the vicious cycle of resource drain by significantly improving educational opportunities.
Surface ground water pools/pits generally have a limited volume capacity, dictated by the water table level and weather conditions. Accessing water in open pit pools is a time intensive and back breaking job. In order to leverage water supply, a well and pump is necessary. Growing crops and providing water for livestock becomes a viable option once a well is installed.
Hand pumps are suitable for many communities and require little or no additional maintenance. However, for large-scale water storage and stocking projects, a pumping system with an electrical component is critical. Using the abundance of sunshine, WorldServe teams with national solar manufacturers to install PV arrays and power conditioners to generate the needed amounted of electricity for both the well and also ancillary electrical generation services.
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Working together, creating positive change.
Through teamwork and close collaboration with our partners, donors, and sponsors, we have completed water projects and built life centers serving almost two million people throughout Eastern Africa. WorldServe is honored to work with many different groups – from businesses, health-focused organizations, universities and faith-based communities around the world.
WorldServe International is a leading provider of clean water wells in sub-Saharan Africa. We've drilled hundreds of wells , know what it takes to get the job done and have witnessed the impact clean water has on communities.
WorldServe believes that access to clean water is a fundamental human right. The outcome of each water project is immediately felt within the community and throughout the region.