The world’s water crisis
Millions around the world face the daily challenge of accessing safe water resources, and when they finally find some water, they will be forced to deal with the health impacts of using contaminated water. Contaminated water and lack of access to basic sanitation causes more deaths each year causing all forms of violence, including war, making this one of the world’s most pressing health problems.
Reports published annually by the United Nations show that hundreds of millions of people do not have access to drinking water, and millions queue every day to get one bucket of water that must meet all the needs of the family. It also mentions millions of people who rely on surface water for their basic needs. According to a report by the World Economic Forum, the water crisis is one of the biggest threats to societies.
The crisis is particularly severe in African countries such as Liberia, Ghana, Somalia, Nigeria, and Sudan. Women and young girls in Africa often must travel long distances to collect water and transport it to their homes, affecting their health, causing psychological stress, and making them vulnerable to violence and abuse. It also affects their ability to attend education because they spend their time fetching water. This daily journey is very long and harsh in the weather conditions of the region.
Our role in this challenge
Saving lives and improving the living conditions of poor and marginalized communities in Africa are among our strategic priorities. We have drilled 30 water wells so far in different regions of Africa that provide drinking water to thousands of people which is dramatically changing their lives and helping them return to education and other opportunities instead of spending all their time collecting water.
“I used to spend a lot of time every day on the journey of fetching water for the house, and since Yolo’s life dug the well, we have been getting plenty of fresh water, and the time and effort I have saved now is working on weaving mats at home, and I have improved my family’s situation,” says Amina from Ghana.
We are determined to continue this effort and aspire to reach the most thirsty areas in the South African desert countries. We are sure that people who value the lives of others will want to support this area to see children live safely and contentedly and will support us.