Water is a vital resource for people and for our planet. Without it, no life is possible. A precious good that is becoming increasingly rare and less and less healthy. The cause is poor management of water resources, but also climate change and its disastrous consequences. Indeed, natural disasters such as storms, cyclones and even floods are becoming more and more frequent. They affect water quality and endanger people's access to drinking water.
By 2025, according to the UN, 1.8 billion people will be affected by a complete water shortage.
Access to drinking water is a daily challenge for many populations across the world living in poverty. Water supply is therefore essential to the survival of populations.
The importance of water supply projects in Africa
Africa is a continent particularly affected by the lack of access to water. In the most remote corners of the continent, access to drinking water is more than a necessity, it is a question of survival. Every drop of water counts.
In 2022, 418 million people were still without access to drinking water services according to UNICEF. And, only 1 in 4 Africans have access to a safe source of drinking water.
For those who have access to a water source, the price to pay is often heavy. Endless hours of walking and kilometers to reach this source. They draw often contaminated water. The consequences can be dramatic. Every year, in sub-Saharan Africa alone, waterborne diseases caused by contaminated water kill more than 180,000 children under 5 years old.
But, there is hope. Water supply projects are being developed, supported by organizations such as our NGO which understand the imperative of this fight for access to safe drinking water in Africa.
Our actions regarding drinking water supply
In order for this fundamental right to become a reality for everyone, we are carrying out drinking water supply projects in Africa. They provide access to a water point close to families' homes, while guaranteeing them a source of quality drinking water.
A management committee made up of community members is responsible for ensuring the protection and maintenance of the water point. We educate residents about sustainable practices and ensure monitoring to ensure the proper functioning of the well and the quality of the water. Thus, we can ensure a sustainable and quality supply to the villagers.
The populations thus benefit from better living conditions, as demonstrated by Estelle, 10 years old. She lives with her family in Anden Tenga, a village located nearly 160 km from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. Since the installation of a water tower in his village, his daily life has changed. » Before, we had to go very far to get water. We usually went there at night, because in the evening there are too many people, and fights break out. Thanks to the water tower in my village, I don't have to go there so late. So I can go to school earlier,” rejoices the young CM1 schoolgirl.
For the populations, this access to drinking water is a symbol of hope. These water supply systems transform their daily lives and open the door to a better future. From now on, young and old have the opportunity to devote themselves to activities other than the daily search for water. Supply of drinking water is therefore synonymous with progress, life, education but also work.
Together we can make a difference by providing a source of life to those who need it, join us !