For millions around the world, today began with a long walk to collect water. Mile after mile… hour after hour… 40 pounds at a time… to and from watering holes, lakes, and streams riddled with disease. Every day, they fill their buckets over and over again with unsafe water that brings sickness and pain. Every hour they spend walking for water is one less hour for school, work, or time with loved ones.
Water is often carried in five gallon buckets which weigh over 40 pounds when full.
Women and children in the developing world walk an average of 3.7 miles (6 km) per day to collect water. (USAID)
Nearly 570 million children lack access to basic drinking water at school. (UNICEF)
2.1 billion people worldwide lack access to safe water at home, and the global water crisis claims 3.4 million lives each year — more than all forms of violence, including war, combined. These numbers aren’t just statistics. They represent real people with names, families, hopes and dreams.
Water4 is an Oklahoma City-based international nonprofit using faith, innovation and empowerment to reimagine a world where all people have access to safe water. Water4 equips local entrepreneurs in developing countries to provide sustainable safe water access to every home, school and clinic in their communities. This approach puts the solution to local water problems in the hands of local people ensuring safe water access is sustained by local resources. Since 2008, Water4 and our partners have impacted the lives of over 1.4 million people in more than 30 countries through the power of safe and living water.