Water, Wells, and Well-being

Water is essential to human life, but, much like breathing, most people rarely give it any thought.

Imagine a world without water.  How could we survive—let alone attend to our daily ablutions?  Living the way most of us do in the developed world, we are blessed: our taps runneth over.  However, think of the millions who don’t have instant access and have to walk miles (and back) to fetch water for drinking, for cooking, and—if there’s any left over—for washing themselves.

Let’s look at some facts.  According to water.org, 780 million people lack access to clean water.  Disease due to the lack of potable water continues to contribute to the deaths of men, women, and children the world over.  The loss of productivity resulting from time spent collecting clean water is also significant.  According to water.org, in just one day, women worldwide spend 200 million work hours collecting water!

Asia Initiatives believes access to clean water promotes healthier, more productive lives. Additionally, we have seen for ourselves, through our work with the M. S. Swaminathan Foundation (MSSRF), based in Chennai, India, how access to clean water boosts agricultural output. Most important of all perhaps, where there is water, there is time saved—and women can start to play an active role in the local economy.

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Asia Initiatives has joined forces with MSSRF to build and restore wells in villages in India where they have dried up or were non-existent.  The goal is to raise enough money to finance 10 such wells, at a cost of $2,000 per project, by March 22, 2013, which is International World Water Day.

We invite you to join this essential-to-life effort by making a contribution in any amount you can. And please spread the word! Click here to Thunderclap our message to all your friends!

For more information, please contact us at info@asiainitiatives.org.

We thank you. Together we know we can make big things happen.

Manjiri


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