One of the major myths told in the Western developed world, is that the people living without clean water become immune to its affects, that things like bad water don’t affect them the way they affect us. The reality is that 80% of all sickness in the world is attributable to unsafe water and sanitation. These people are simply used to being sick, they live everyday with stomach problems, unable to rehydrate themselves when they get diseases like malaria, and are accustomed to their loved ones contracting a deadly water-born disease, like Typhoid.
Africa and other third world countries have received a lot of aid from the western world. Unfortunately, the aid provided isn’t always sustainable, or simply hasn’t been sustained. Sweet Water’s original goal was to come into Africa and help the people with which we were associated. To stop here would have been a fairly successful and easily sustainable project, but would never have come close to addressing the root of the problem.
Sweet Water Outreach is a grassroots organization committed to finding and developing sustainable solutions to unsafe water in undeveloped countries.
80% of all sickness in the world is attributable to unsafe water and sanitation.
1.76 million deaths could be avoided each year by providing access to
safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene.
Women and children spend more than 200 million hours each day collecting water.