Streams of Hope Flowing to Africa: The Water Project

Streams of Hope Flowing to Africa: An Analysis of The Water Project

The World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have found that less than 50 percent of the population in sub-Saharan Africa does not have reliable drinking water sources. Hence, African villagers are sick, uneducated, starving, and poor. Through charitable donations, The Water Project provides some of these villages with clean water sources. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has found for every dollar provides an eight-fold return in the forms of saved time, increased productivity, and lower health costs. The Water Project creates programs in African villages to provide clean water, promote these benefits, and supply hope to millions of people.

Founder of The Water Project

Peter Chasse

Mission of The Water Project

Unclean water affects millions of people every year in Africa and causes health issues, education deficiencies, hunger, and extreme poverty. The Water Project uses worldwide donations to provide African villages with clean water and the opportunity for a better future.

History of The Water Project

In 2006, The Water Project began when a pastor returned to America from Kenya and spoke to potential investors about the realities of African villages. Because the villagers had no access to clean water, their crops were dying in the fields, diseases spread easily from victim to victim, education was unfeasible, and there was no opportunity for economic growth. Chasse, seeing the needless suffering experienced by the villagers, decided to act. After eleven years, The Water Project has grown from a small project aiding the villagers in Kenya to a life-changing program that builds water wells across the African continent and provides villagers with hope of better lives. The Water Project is currently working in Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, South Sudan, Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya.

Impact of The Water Project

There are four major benefits of the clean water. First, children and adults will be healthier. WHO has found that unsafe drinking water, poor sanitation, and substandard hygiene are leading causes of cholera and other viral and bacterial infections. Second, children are able to devote more time to their educations than to finding and hauling dirty water for their families. Third, villagers are able to provide their subsistence crops with a reliable source of clean water. Finally, the African villages are able to break their downward-spiraling poverty cycles and grow economically. The Water Project has impacted many villages in Africa and plans on expanding its reach to more villages that need clean water.

Summary

There are currently about 7.5 billion people in the world. Out of those billions, there are millions of African villagers needlessly suffering because of no access to clean water. The Water Project was founded on the principle of bringing safe water to these people to help prevent more diseases, poor education, starvation, and increased poverty. By breaking the chain of Africans’ forced survival on unsafe water, The Water Project is offering hope and a means of economic growth.

Key Takeaways

  • Dirty drinking water causes disease, poor education, hunger, and poverty.

  • Founded in 2006, The Water Project provides clean water to villages in sub-Saharan Africa to help millions of suffering people.

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The Water Project. (2017). Where we work. Retrieved from https://thewaterproject.org/our-water-projects
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