Clean Drinking Water
Access to clean drinking water is a basic human need. In village life it provides great benefits to general health and sanitation. However, many villagers still spend hours collecting water each day. This CWEF program works with local communities to determine the most sustainable water system for a village area and partners with villagers to find a water solution.
CWEF’s clean drinking water programs seek to address two challenges: access to water and water cleanliness.
Access to Water
- How would your habits be different if you had to carry all of the water you use, even just 100 meters? On an average water-gathering, village women carry 20kg of water – that’s the same as the luggage limit when you fly for vacation!
- How much would you drink?
- Where would you go to the bathroom?
- How often would you wash your hands? your body? Would you brush your teeth?
- How much time would you have to study/work/play after you finished carrying water for your family’s needs?
- The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that there are 4,000 child deaths a day from diarrhea, a preventable and treatable health condition.
- The U.N. Development Program (UNDP) reports that at any one time, half of the hospital beds in developing countries are filled with people suffering from diarrhea.
- In the communities that CWEF serves in China and Cambodia, the nearest drinking water source can be located 2km to 10km from the village. Sickness becomes especially severe in the last two months of the dry season.
Water Health Education
Access to clean water is not enough to ensure improved health. CWEF believes that drinking water access must be combined with health education for maintaining a clean water source (not polluting with pesticides or community waste). Also villagers must be trained how to use the newly-available water in healthy ways. This includes hygiene and sanitation education. We also include education in rehydration methods so that families understand the cause of diarrhea in their children and are equipped with ways to help their children when they encounter disease. Between its establishment at the end of 2005 until spring 2012, CWEF has partnered with 35 villages in rural China to implement clean drinking water systems, 18 communities in Cambodia to install wells, and we have distributed hundreds of water filters for use in individual households.
Please contact us to help provide life-sustaining clean water as a financial partner or through service.