"Water and Sanitation is one of the primary drivers of public health. I often refer to it as 'Health 101,' which means that once we can secure access to clean water and to adequate sanitation facilities for all people, irrespective of the difference in their living conditions, a huge battle against all kinds of diseases will be won." - Dr. Lee Jong-Wook, Director General, World Health Organization (WHO)
Water-borne diseases are not only painful and devastating to individuals, communities and families, they have a significant impact on the local, domestic and international economy. The cost of medical treatment and medication, and, the loss of manpower due to illness are just some of the associated sources of financial loss. In addition to the economic losses due to water-borne disease, time and manpower are also lost in the hours women and girls spend each day gathering water from distant, often unreliable fresh water sources. The daily task of fetching water keeps school-age girls out of the classroom and hinders their social and economic development. Clean accessible drinking water is a basic human right essential to life. Article 25, Paragraph 1, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:
"Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control."
Every human has the right to clean, safe drinking water. It is fundamental to our health and survival, yet one sixth of the world does not have access to clean drinking water. Wells of Life is committed to this need.
The cost to drill a well is $6,000. One well helps 1000 people. That is $5 per person! You have the power to support Wells of Life as we help people in East Africa receive adequate drinking water that will improve their health and create a better standard of living.