18 June, 2020
Of course water is good, right? Over the past few months we’ve been constantly reminded to wash our hands. Through our collective efforts of staying home, maintaining social distancing, and washing our hands, we’ve minimised the impact of COVID-19 and stopped wide-spread transmission throughout our country. This is something we should all be proud of as kiwis…
But would we have been as successful if the water we used was dirty?
Let’s put ourselves in a new scenario: Imagine you and your family are part of the 40% of the global population that doesn’t have access to a basic handwashing facility with no soap or water at home*.
Instead, you must make do with the water sources closest to you, some which way be over a kilometer walk away. You must cart back and fourth enough water for your household, your children, and maybe even your neighbours.
You arrive to the water source, it’s unclean and unsafe.
Now you are faced with the dirty water dilemma; an impossible choice. You either use the contaminated water and risk deadly waterborne disease, or you go without water.
Here in New Zealand, the solution of cleaning our hands with water and drinking water to stay healthy is obvious, but our solution is a big problem for many others. Every drop of unclean water consumed puts somebody at risk for disease and in the worse cases, death.
But, we can change this and make water good for all.
Over the next two years, ADRA, will be developing clean water sources for dozens of villages, impacting thousands of families, and you can help!
A $70 tap stand can bring clean water right outside a family home. Families can wash their hands, drink the water, clean their clothes, and not worry about deadly waterborne disease.
Together, let’s make water good for everyone!
P.S. Right now, for every $1 you can donate, ADRA, through the NZ Government match funding scheme can turn your $1 into $5. This means we can bring clean water to even more people!
Thank you for making a difference and making Every Drop Count.
*United Nations, 2017.