Water: Impact on Health

To be born with a thirst is a blessing but to die of one is a tragedy. The thirst to grow, to learn, to prosper and to be productive is a basic human right, justifiably taken for granted by those living in developed countries. However, a vast majority of the World's population is overwhelmingly occupied by a different kind of thirst - many do not have clean water for drinking, cooking and sanitation. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) people forced to drink dirty and contaminated water are easy prey to 'diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio' to name a few. WHO estimates that just under 500,000 diarrhoeal deaths occur each year - caused by drinking contaminated water! A sobering way to think about this is, 1400 people per day get very ill and lose their lives simply because of the water they drink!

It is perhaps those whose tongues are dry and throats parched who understand fully what this cliché means, 'water is the stuff of life'. Giving someone access to clean water near their home is the cheapest and most life changing intervention we can do to break the tyranny of death and disease that unsafe water inflicts upon millions of people. We can reasonably agree that potable water is the giver and sustainer of life and everyone should have access to it. Dreams, hopes and aspirations of little boys and girls must not be extinguished by drinking contaminated water and nor should they have to travel long distances to collect a bucket of life extinguishing water.

In 2003, on World Environment day, the theme was "Water: Two Billion People Are Dying For It!" - things today are not much better; in 2019, the UN estimated that 2.2 billion people were not able to access managed drinking water services. If you think this problem is too big for you to take a shot at, then you are simply abandoning a wonderful and gratifying opportunity to allow all children the right kind of thirst - the thirst for living, dreaming and achieving. The fight back can begin with something as simple as funding a well for a community somewhere in the world. You can help make water a giver of life again - you can make a difference.



Water Buffalo - The Dr. Rufat Hussain Story

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How it got started Dam Water The Bait...Well Digging

Climate change is affecting people's lives all over the world.  If you would like to see how a 79 year-old retired South Dakota surgeon, Dr. Rifat Hussain, is helping to bring fresh, clean water to the tens of thousands of villagers in his native Pakistan click on the images above.

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