Did you know that half of the world’s hospital beds are filled with people suffering from a water-related disease?

In developing countries, about 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions. 1 out of every 5 deaths under the age of 5 worldwide is due to a water-related disease. Clean and safe water is essential to healthy living.

Tiny worms and bacteria live in water naturally. Most of these bacteria are relatively harmless, but some of it can cause devastating disease. And since they can’t be seen, they can’t be avoided.

Every glass of dirty water is a potential killer. Imagine having to send your thirsty child to get a drink of water, knowing that the water they need to live might actually kill them. In today’s world of technology and consumption – there is gross injustice in this situation.

Here is an example of what the Latapi community in Haiti was using as their water source:

A typical U.S. water sample would not have any of the organisms in the water.

 

Most of these waterborne diseases don’t exist here in the states, because of our sophisticated water systems that filter and chlorinate water – eliminating all disease carrying organisms. But typhoid fever, cholera, giardia and many other diseases run rampant in places like Haiti.

At C4C, we’re working with local communities to provide access to safe water. A water project, like our water filtration unit installed in Latapi, can transform a child’s life. Water unlocks a child’s potential by helping them stay healthy so they can stay in school and assist their families.

In some communities we use individual water filtration systems. These units are cost effective and provide clean water to 100’s of families. We currently have 400 donated water filtration units but need to raise funds to purchase the buckets, install the filters and transport them to our church communities. If you are interested in supporting clean water initiatives you can contribute to this effort by making a donation to help bring clean water and life transformation to children in rural villages.

Here in the states – clean water is a commodity – in places like Haiti it’s a luxury. If you have visited one of our feeding programs you’ve witnessed this joy. The smiles that ensue when you hand a child a glass of clean water is humbling. Something as simple as a glass of water brings such joy to a child in Haiti. You can be a part of the solution to reduce disease among the world's poorest communities and make a lot of children happier and healthier. You can also remember to practice gratitude for something simple such as clean, safe water here at home.

Thank you for blessing us with your support,
Kathi Juntunen