The Pure Water Project works with village communities to empower them to improve their access to and quality of water. We do this by developing a sound and sustainable strategy for water preservation and access, implementing a strong technical plan to ensure water stays clean, and devising post-implementation initiatives to ensure long-term sustainability and viability.
People reached thus far: 11,000
Areas of project implementation: Odisha, India, Nepal
Goal for the next 3 years: 6 more villages and tribal hamlets
Goal to raise for 2015: $75,000
Why do we do this? We do this because hundreds of millions of people do not have access to clean, drinking water. More than 3.5 million people die every year from lack of safe water and sanitation – 99% of these deaths occur in the developing world. This water crisis also disproportionately affects women and children, causing them to endure heightened suffering. In fact, every 20 seconds a child under 5 dies from a water-related illness.
Our goal is to improve the health as well as the economic and social well-being of rural villages by providing a source for sustainable access to clean drinking water, reducing the time and effort spent on retrieving water, cutting down on water borne illnesses caused by contaminated drinking water and training villagers in proper water use and water conservation, waste disposal and hygiene.
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This can save millions of lives. Villages we have worked with in the past have managed to drastically cut down on disease and death due to water and are experiencing a higher standard of living. We are currently working with four other villages. We need your help.
While we at the Pure Water Project believe that the availability of clean drinking water is a basic human right, we do not think it should be taken for granted. Eco-Dharma is a fundamental Buddhist belief and provides a framework for understanding the interdependence between our natural environment and us. This way of thinking – this acceptance that our existence and well being is connected to the existence and well-being of the physical and natural world we live in – is essential to responsible environmental decision-making. Therefore, at every stage of our planning, we are mindful of our ecological impact. Careful consideration is given to calculating appropriate water demands. With our post-implementation partners on the ground, we also work with village leaders, women, and children to emphasize conservation and responsible water use.
For more information on the Pure Water Project and to get involved, check out our website: thepurewaterproject.org