"Unfairness in the human condition can only be remedied when people everywhere care." The 14th Dalai Lama
Water is required for life, livlihoods and prosperity.
Every human life has equal value. Yet human rights protections and the provisions of government services are not the same across the globe. That is not fair.
The people of Zambia and Nicaragua seek the elusive goal of meeting their own basic needs; they do it without government aid and despite the dramatic and severe impacts of climate change on their livelihoods and families.
That is not fair.
For a majority of households in Zambia and Nicaragua, illness and infant mortality is directly connected with the water available to them. In addition, ensuring food security for their families is a constant preoccupation. Their households bear no responsibility for the climate catastrophe that threatens their ability to grow crops fed by seasonal rains, nor their ability to enjoy the secure life for their families that successful farming and food security brings.
Imagine the vulnerability of children of a loving parent in Africa or Central America whose only source of drinking water is a pit in the ground or a surface stream polluted by waste from humans and animals. The lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every four hours.
It is not fair that contaminated water is killing children.
It is not fair that loving parents cannot provide clean water for their children.
It is not fair that families are subjected to interminably long treks through dangerous bush country to haul contaminated water to their villages while forgoing opportunities to go to school, grow food, pursue income-generating activities and thrive with their peers.
It is not fair that despite global charitable giving that exceeds $316 billion dollars each year, the climate change is exacerbating the water crisis leaving vulnerable families more insecure than ever before.
Join International PEACE Projects as we take basic and essential steps to stop the "unfairness" among us with effective interventions that:
1) Deliver essential clean water
2) Provide resources to maximize the health benefits of clean water
3) Protect the environment