Imagine drinking water that is teeming with deadly bacteria, parasites, and waterborne diseases. This is the grim reality for the 1.1 billion people in developing countries who have inadequate access to safe water. Statistics tell us that as many as 3.4 million people die every year of water-related illnesses, and that a child dies every fifteen seconds from a waterborne disease. Countless others struggle with learning and school attendance due to chronic sickness.
Like many other places in the world, the water supply and sanitation in Latin America is plagued by insufficient access which is detrimental to public health. Providing families with access to safe water changes lives. Not only does it save time and money, but also reduces disease and allows for better stability in work or school. The availability of clean, safe water is a foundational component of community development and transformation.
*Sources: The World Bank and the 2006 United Nations Human Development Report