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The Power of Clean Water: World Water Day 2024

Reported by Convoy of Hope
School Water Filter

Water is a part of everything Convoy of Hope does. From cases of bottled water loaded onto trucks for disaster relief in the United States to water filters given out in remote villages in Africa, providing access to safe drinking water is important to Convoy of Hope’s work all over the world. 

Contaminated water is linked to the transmission of preventable diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid, and polio. During a disaster, the spread of diseases makes a bad situation much worse. In regions where healthcare is difficult to access, disease and illness can quickly become tragic. 

east Africa drought

More than 2 billion people — 1 in 4 people on the planet — lack access to safe drinking water.

Where possible, Convoy looks for long-term solutions to a community’s need for clean water.

In a small village in Tanzania, for example, children used to retrieve water from a nearby swamp that was also frequented by wild animals. As the surrounding communities dug further into the swamp to reach more water, the risk of disease significantly increased. 

The Disaster Services team unloads water for residents of the mobile home park.
The Disaster Services team unloads water for residents of the mobile home park.
Water filtration systems provided by Convoy of Hope have been distributed to survivors of the recent earthquake in Indonesia.

As students became sick, they would miss school and their education would suffer. 

Convoy of Hope partnered with a local contractor in the community to drill a new well. Access to clean and safe drinking water transformed the community. Now, children drink clean water at home and at school, parents cook with clean water, and the school garden is thriving. This garden even contributes to the local Children’s Feeding program.

That is the power of clean water. 

Convoy provides clean water to communities all over the world, ensuring children, families, and even crops can thrive.

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