Water Saves Lives in Zambia!
The Life-Giving Water Fund is committed to improving the lives of children and their families by providing reliable sources of fresh, clean drinking water. Our wells reduce deaths due to water-bourne diseases.
Through the support of generous individuals and our partners, LGWF has funded and coordinated the drilling of 49 deep, lined water wells that serve the people living in rural villages in Zambia. We drilled our first well in Pemba in 2003 as Zambia was in the midst of a severe drought. Lives were changed and saved in Pemba, just as they have been in the 48 villages that now have reliable sources of drinking water. Millions of people in Zambia don't have access to clean water. In fact the government estimated in 2005 that 24,000 new wells would only satisfy 50% of the need! Each of our permanent wells dramatically enhances the lives of approximately 2,000 people: improving their health, the quality of their daily lives, their ability to raise livestock and grow crops, and their ability to educate their children!
In a recent poll, 16 development economists from some of the top universities in the United States, rated providing clean water to rural villages as the most effective method in terms of impact and cost effectiveness in alleviating poverty.
People are dying from a lack of clean water. In fact it is the leading cause of death in Africa. One point eight million people die each year from waterborne illnesses. Of those, one million are children. Clean water can prevent legions of child health problems and dramatically reduce infant mortality. Scientific evidence is overwhelmingly positive on impact. A World Health Organization study estimates that the availability of clean water in a rural village reduces infant mortality by 35 to 50 percent, at a cost of roughly $10 per person per year. Because infant mortality rates in the poorest countries often range from 60 to 110 per 1,000 live births, the cost of saving a child's life by providing clean water alone may lie in the range of only $180 to $400. To development economists, cheap-plus-effective is an endearing combination.
Drill Water Wells
46% of the population is composed of children under the age of 14!
Zambia's challenges and opportunites are abundant
Rural villages need reliable sources of clean water
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