August 15, 2015
Did you know that August is the U.S.’ National Water Quality Month?
At Voss Foundation, our very mission is to provide access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene as a means to enable community-driven development in Sub-Saharan Africa and raise awareness of the ongoing need in this region. We are proud to be working with partners and communities across Sub-Saharan Africa to help them create 124 improved water access points and 462 sanitation facilities (as of August 2015), which further protect clean water sources.
Unclean water is deadly. Globally, about 2,000 children die every day from a lack of access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene – that’s more than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and measles combined. Sanjay Wijesekera, global head of UNICEF’s water, sanitation and hygiene program said, “If 90 school buses filled with kindergartners were to crash every day, with no survivors, the world would take notice. But this is precisely what happens every single day because of poor water, sanitation and hygiene.” We couldn’t agree more.
But according to the World Health Organization, work like Voss Foundation’s to facilitate access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene has the potential to prevent at least 9.1% of the global disease burden and 6.3% of all deaths. Every donation to Voss Foundation, every ticket sold to one of our events, or purchase of #vossfoundationjewelry or an African Bazaar item supports our work and helps more women, children, and their communities improve their own lives with access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene.
This year, our friends at Hand in Hand Soap have created the #WeCareAboutWater blog tour to raise awareness about water quality and the fact that many people lack access to clean water – 325 million alone in Sub-Saharan Africa, which is the larger than the population of the entire United States! Non-profits and social enterprises like Akola, Seacology, and longtime Voss Foundation partners Nest are joining us in participating in this campaign.
Show your support by following @vossfoundation, @handinhandsoap, @akolaproject, @seacology, and @buildanest across all social media, and posting yourself with the hashtags #wecareaboutwater and #waterforlife.