This holiday season, it is laid on my heart how very blessed we are to have clean water, as much as we want, anytime we'd like. That's a privilege that a huge portion of the world doesn't have. This Christmas, we'd like to help give it to them. Compassion International distributes water filters to families in third world communities. These filters never need changing and will provide a family with clean water for life.
From Thanksgiving to New Years (and hopefully beyond!) we will donate a portion of our proceeds to Compassion International to purchase water filters. Our goal is to buy 10 filters. These provide over a million gallons of clean water to families who have no access to clean water. This is a life-giving gift.
Water of Life - Isaiah Challenge 2 from Compassion International on Vimeo
If you would like to make your own donation directly to Compassion International, you can do so on their website. All donations are tax-deductible.
Statistics of the Water Crisis
From The Water Project
- Globally we use 70% of our water sources for agriculture and irrigation, and only 10% on domestic uses.1
- 84% of the people who don’t have access to improved water, live in rural areas, where they live principally through subsistence agriculture.2
- Less than one in three people in Sub-Saharan Africa have access to a proper toilet.2
- Over half of the developing world’s primary schools do not have access to water and sanitation facilities. Without toilets, girls typically drop out of school at puberty.3
- 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related diseases.4
- Girls under the age of 15 are twice as likely as boys their age to be the family member responsible for fetching water.2
- Almost two-thirds, 64% of households rely on women to get the family’s water when there is no water source in the home.2
- In developing countries, as much of 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions.5
- Nearly 1 out of every 5 deaths under the age of 5 worldwide is due to a water-related disease.6
- By investing in clean water alone, young children around the world can gain more than 413 million days of health!7
- Half of the world's hospital beds are filled with people suffering from a water-related disease.8
- Nearly a billion, 884 million people do not have access to clean and safe water. 37% of those people live in Sub-Saharan Africa.2
- The average container for water collection in Africa, the jerry can weighs over 40 lbs when full. 9
- The United Nations estimates that Sub-Saharan Africa alone loses 40 billion hours per year collecting water; that’s the same as a whole year’s worth of labor by the entire workforce in France!10
- Research has shown that for every 10% increase in women’s literacy, a country’s whole economy can grow by up to 0.3%.11
- According to the World Health Organization, for every $1 invested in water and sanitation, there is an economic return of between $3 and $34!12
- 1 in 8 people world wide do not have access to safe and clean drinking water.13