Clean Water Is Life
Sub-Saharan African women are responsible for 72% of the water collected by foot, which accounts for 40 billion hours of walking each month. Access to clean water gives communities more time to grow food, earn an income, and go to school. In fact, when a community receives clean water and sanitation, girls get their lives back and are able to attend and stay in school throughout the entire month.
Diseases from dirty water kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Studies have shown that 43% of those deaths are children under five years old. Access to clean water and basic sanitation can save around 16,000 lives every week.
Fountain of Life Africa has drilled and installed dozens of hand-pump or solar-powered boreholes (most of them in or very close to school grounds) plus constructed advanced pit latrines throughout Chibombo District.
There are many more communities in desperate need of clean water where old boreholes were not correctly installed or located in the wrong places. Some schools and communities still draw water from hand-dug wells, increasing the risk of waterborne diseases.