In developing countries, water found in nature is frequently undrinkable because it is polluted by harmful substances caused by human activities, such as offshore oil drilling in Cameroon. Water coming from rainfall or rivers also needs to be treated; if not, it can cause serious, often fatal diseases.
Climate risk is increasing the likelihood of water shortages and competition for water. Thus,water quality is diminishing in many areas, particularly due to increasing sediment and contaminant concentrations after heavy downpours.
The villages and hospitals that we work with reported that patients who visit them suffer from diseases such cholera, dysentery, typhoid fever and Malaria, partly due to poor water quality.
Unfortunately, nearly ninety nine percent of the population we work with cannot afford bottled water in the daily or monthly basis. Most people in these areas care about putting food on the table. We welcome partnership in this area that would provide support and expertise for installing new wells for drinking water.