Today is World Water Day – an international day to bring awareness of the need for clean water for all. Billions of people worldwide still live without safe water. Clean water – so abundantly available in the US – is not freely accessible in all parts of the globe. The theme of World Water Day is “Leaving No One Behind” designed to make progress against the Sustainable Development Goal 6: water for all by 2030.
In recent years, MAP’s Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) programs have focused on ensuring access to clean drinking water to avoid water-borne diseases and illness. Working in collaboration with local partners and ministries of health in Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya, Liberia, and Bolivia, MAP has expanded access to clean water and improved sanitation through:
- Latrines and hand-washing stations
- Construction and rehabilitation of water wells
- Ongoing education
Last fall, MAP President Steve Stirling visited partner offices in Liberia and witnessed first-hand the blessing of clean water for residents of a former leprosy colony in Bong County. Steve shared after his visit:
It was wonderful to see the new well working fabulously, what a gift of life. The village of 350 people, many adults who have had leprosy, were very thankful for the clean and accessible water right in the village. It’s truly humbling to see the smiling faces of people in the villages and clinics.
As MAP sharpens its focus on the delivery of high-quality medicines and health supplies to reach more people in need, we are planning to expand our distribution of clean water filters, particularly following natural disasters.
In recent hurricane seasons, MAP has distributed large quantities of water filters. These Sawyer water filters provide 500 gallons of clean water each day for families for three years.
Thank you for your support of our work in providing not only medicines and health supplies, but clean water for people in resource-poor communities and those in need following major disasters.