The Importance Of Clean Water In Africa

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“In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year walking for water. Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection, walking miles to the nearest source, which is unprotected and likely contaminated.”(Charity: water) The “Charity: water”, which is one of the most well-known nonprofit organizations, shows how difficult it is to get water in Africa. On the website, Scott Harrison who is a founder of Charity: water states that a lot of people were killed by unsafe water and poor sanitation systems. It is hard for people who live in a country with higher water sufficiency to comprehend how dreadful it is to live with an absence of clean water. Even though people in Africa, Southeast Asia, or Latin America can get water …show more content…
Since 2006, Scott has started Charity: water to help people in developing countries, solving water crisis. Scott’s purpose of water supply is not just bringing clean water, but lasting clean water for a long time. To provide clean and long-lasting water to people, Scott and other members of Charity: water travel around the world to find organizations who work together with them and supply water in some countries that need to be helped, and then they fund co-organizations’ programs for people who have a trouble with contaminated water. There are four approaches to successful work: “Planning,” “Implementation,” “Maintenance,” and “Proving it.” For planning, Charity: water chooses the right location geographically where the water point is and constructs relationship with local stakeholder. Finding the proper technology is the next step. Because each country needs different equipment or technology, they suggest nine different ways to bring clean water to people: Hand Dug Wells, Drilled Wells, Rainwater Catchments, Gravity Fed Systems, Piped Systems, Water Purification Systems, BioSand Filters, Spring Protection and Latrines. Charity: water selects their partners in local areas to support their programs. For implementation, where the money spent is shown as a pie chart. For example, 48% for materials, 16% for personnel, 13% for support costs, 9% for capital costs, 7% for consumables, and 7% for transportation. Charity: water also tries to establish the best way to provide clean water. More importantly, working together and building relationship with local government is pretty significant which is why local government maintains that clean water can be provided constantly. For maintenance, Charity: water makes an investment for water committees, local partners, and mechanics

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