1,000,000,000 people in the world today have no access to clean drinking water. Many millions of them suffer illnesses because of it—and millions of those die from waterborne diseases.
It is estimated that 80% of diseases in the developing world result from unsafe drinking water and inadequate sanitation. Waterborne illness kills almost 5,000 people every day, most of them children under the age of 5.
Safe drinking water is a rare commodity for many of the “least of these” whom we serve around the world. Their water sources are often muddy, polluted, and parasite- and bacteria-ridden, causing chronic illness and even death.