Water Month Awareness Theme for 2021 and prompts us to reflect on the question:
“What does water mean to me?” Join the larger conversation on social media using #Water2Me #UN #WWD2021 .
“Water is Not a Luxury”
It is easy to take pipes, tanks, and treatment systems for granted and forget how water services protect public health. Reliable affordable water services are crucial to a safe, functioning society. Water is a precious commodity we take for granted. Hot and cold water is a luxury that many parts of the world still do not have. We just turn the faucet. Are we grateful for this instant access to water?
As citizens of a developed country such as Canada, and as global citizens in the large scheme of things, it is our responsibility to solve this problem, one village, one region and one project at a time.
In the past 44 years, we have drilled over 701 wells in various regions of Tanzania. Today, more than 95% of the wells built by the charity are still operating and in good working order. They continue to provide hundreds of thousands with all the health, hope and opportunity access to clean and safe water brings. Many villages and communities have been transformed by the support donors have generously given throughout the years and many more are still in need of clean water.
Traditionally, women and children are subjected to making several trips to fetch water at the nearest unsafe ground water source and typically spend 4-5 hours doing so. Regarding preventable water-related deaths, the majority are of children under the age of 5. In light of such devastating realities, we very much want to maintain our mission of being able to provide access to clean, safe water for hundreds of thousands, if not millions of, more people throughout Tanzania for another 30+ years to come. It is a basic human right and it means less water-borne related deaths of children and adults. It allows women and girls to invest more of their time in furthering their education, generating income and spending quality time with friends and family. Basic access to clean safe water is crucial to unlocking the possibilities that life has to offer, because it is a major element in sustaining life.