“Clean water is vital for human survival–especially in developing countries,” Richard McGowan, Executive Director of Emmanuel International Rehabilitation & Relief International Canada (EIC) says. “The basic provision of adequate clean water, sanitation and hygiene in communities, at school and in the workplace contributes to a healthy, productive population and workforce in the countries EIC works.”
EIC is taking part this week in World Water Day, focusing attention on the importance of clean water.
Some 650 million people, or one in 10 of the world’s population, do not have access to safe water, according to the WHO.
In developing countries, women are disproportionately affected by the water crisis as they are often responsible for collecting water for up to 6 hours every day. This takes valuable time away from work, school and caring for family. Lack of water and sanitation locks women in a cycle of poverty. Having access to safe water, they can pursue skills outside their traditional roles and experience greater autonomy and independence.
Here are some of the EIC water projects that are making a difference.
Water and Sanitation – Malawi
EIC completed a major Water and Sanitation initiative in Malawi. This project offered hope to thousands of local Malawians through new latrines, wells, and hygiene training.
Bimbi Irrigation Scheme – Malawi
Emmanuel International is developing 35 hectares of land for irrigation with a water storage tank and solar pumping system. Five villages will have access to this irrigation scheme with 280 households benefitting, reaching a population of approximately 1232.
Lupembelwasenga Water Project – Tanzania
This water project is a gravity and solar pumping combination system. It will supply the village with clean water from a spring 5.5 km away with 22 water points within 400m of each household. Once the water system is installed, it will have the capacity to serve every household in the village with a good source of clean, safe water.
2018 marks the 25th anniversary of World Water Day held every year by the United Nations and recognized by millions around the Globe.