Water is the source of life, but for some, it isn’t always readily available, and nor is it clean. Our planet is suffering from conflicts, climate change, and poverty. As a result, water has become a precious commodity for millions of people as they put their lives at risk trying to get it.
Over 700 million people across the world drink, wash and use dirty water. That’s the rough equivalent of the entire population of Europe alone. Countless children spend their entire days walking to collect dirty water. This means no school, no play, no adequate nutrition, but lots of sickness and disease.
At Noor Relief Fund, we have witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of clean water deprivation. We believe every child has the right to access clean water. We believe they should be spending their days learning and playing with their friends. Not spending several hours alone each day, finding dirty pools of muddy and disease-ravaged water, filling up their soiled buckets, and then carrying the heavy loads on their backs. No child should have to grow up like this.
Water forms an important part of NRF work and we are relentless in our efforts to provide clean water to as many people as we possibly can.
Having access to clean water would mean less time spent on collecting water and it could instead be used for learning skills. Growing crops would be easier, especially in areas of drought where lives are being destroyed every day. Children could go to school and learn instead of spending their entire childhoods worrying about water, enabling them to become empowered women, who can create self-sustainable livelihoods.This will help them escape the poverty cycle and give them a chance to change their futures.
Noor Relief Fund is working on sustainable solutions to help the water crises in these communities. So far we have supplied water filters to families in Iraq. We have dug shallow water wells as well as deep borehole wells in drought-ridden Kenya. This will provide water to entire communities and supply them with clean drinking water for decades to come. Water tanks have been supplied in Yemen, giving children safety and hope for a future that is different from the reality they are living in today.
Diseases linked to dirty water kill more people every year than all forms of violence – including war. A shocking 43% of those deaths are children under five years old. Access to clean water and basic sanitation can save around 16,000 lives every week. On a recent visit to East Africa, NRF witnessed the water puddles being accessed by children. These puddles contained mud, sand, general filth, as well as animal excrement. This is what they use to drink, wash and cook with.
A typical day for a child in a village in East Africa might involve leaving home at 9 am to go to collect water, the walk may take approximately 2 hours. Once they have collected the water they attach the containers to their backs and walk the 2-hour journey back. If they are lucky they will perhaps practice their alphabet, otherwise, they will eat a few morsels and go to sleep.
This cycle repeats every day.
We made from water every living thing.
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