As the world population grows, more fresh water is required for drinking water and sanitation. As a result, the water available for agriculture and industrial uses is plunging below demand levels. The effects of global warming are causing water shortages and droughts in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Water mismanagement by government agencies adds to the shortages. Dumping treated and untreated human waste into bodies of water is a suicidal policy that is reducing the worldwide fresh water supply on a daily basis. Poisonous industrial waste products continue to find their way into lakes, rivers, streams and aquifers.
The world’s supply of fresh water has not increased since biblical times. We are destroying an irreplaceable commodity essential to life while increasing demand at an uncontrolled, alarming rate.
Water covers 75 percent of the earth’s surface, but only 2.5 percent is fresh water. O.3 percent of the fresh water is located on the surface. The balance lies deep underground.
Most of us are too consumed with our daily struggle for existence to worry about global problems like the water crisis. However, you can make a huge difference to people in India by joining with TPRF and our partner, The Adventure Project, to train mechanics to repair broken water pump handles.
One third of all hand pumps installed in the last twenty years in developing countries are now broken. 4,000 children die every day because of a lack of clean drinking water. The Adventure Project has developed a novel solution to this problem. Instead of drilling more fresh water boreholes, the Adventure Project non-profit is using charitable donations to train and employ hand pump mechanics. The mechanics earn an income, bringing themselves out of poverty, and they save lives – turning water back on for thousands of people each year.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 is World Water Day. We are asking our readers to consider making a donation TODAY to help people in need in India. 100 blog sites are joining in this effort. If we can raise $10,000 by the end of the day, TPRF will double the amount with a matching grant of $10,000. The idea is to challenge ten readers to donate $20.00 each. But we think we can do better than that. If we succeed, we will help bring clean water to 300 additional people each month. That’s 3,600 people per year!
Here is the link to get more information and to make your donation:
Photo Credit: Esther Havens for The Adventure Project