For many in Haiti and other parts of the world, clean water makes the difference between life and death. That is something that I guess I have a hard time wrapping my head around. I mean, here in America, we think that if we are forced to drink our tap water…then we’ll just die…from the awful taste. And so the market continues to grow for the likes of Poland Springs and Aquafina…and
America is happy that they don’t have to drink water that tastes like bleach.
But in Haiti and other countries…it is not a matter of taste, but rather a matter of necessity for life and health. If people do not have sources of clean water, especially children, they suffer great risk of getting diseases such as diarrhea, malaria, intestinal diseases, etc.
So, here is an excerpt from this organization that contacted me, called International Action.
In Haiti, contaminated water is the leading cause of infant mortality and illness in children. Germs for hepatitis, cholera, and chronic diarrhea are carried in water used for cooking and drinking. Nearly every water source in Haiti has become contaminated with human waste because of the absence of a sewage sanitation system.
Haiti now has the highest infant mortality rate in the western hemisphere. The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) reported that more than half of all deaths in Haiti were due to water-borne gastro-intestinal diseases.
In 1990, The US Army Corps of Engineers said of Port-au-Prince, “Epidemics including malaria, typhoid, chronic diarrhea, and intestinal infections are caused by water contaminated by rubbish and fecal matter.”
Haiti remains the poorest country in the western hemisphere, with an staggering unemployment rate above 70% and approximately 75% living in poverty beyond US dimension.
These statistics speak for themselves…it is a reality…water is the source of life for many. God bless the organizations that provide safe drinking water for the people in the world who depend on it for their lives. And God bless those people that support those organizations. And God bless YOU!!!!
I encourage you to visit their website and get more informed…and hopefully get involved.
Another organization that is doing similar work in Haiti is Clean Water For Haiti. Check them out also.