It is estimated that 1.2 billion people world-wide are without access to clean water. In developing countries the people spend a collective 200 million hours a day collecting water for basic needs, and often it is contaminated water besides.
The graph at left shows the impact Water For Life is able to make by utilizing volunteer labor and many donating time and needed materials – the divisions show how financial contributions and the overall budget is distributed, with next to no overhead. Almost every dollar goes directly to the aid of villages desperately in need of fresh clean water. Water for Life International is a charitable organization dedicated to providing clean water to those in need. As of 2009, Water for Life International has been granted 501(c)(3) status as a tax exempt organization by the IRS.
15,000 people die every day because of either bad water or lack of water. Another way of explaining the problem is that 80% of the world’s hospital beds are filled with people who are sick from water borne illnesses or impure water causes.
Our organization started in 2005 when we drilled four wells on the International Children’s Care (ICC) campus which serves approximately 700 students and staff. This work was accomplished using a donated cable tool drill rig and volunteer drillers. The following year the medical expenses for the ICC Children’s Orphanage and school, the site of our first wells, had dropped by nearly 70%, and infant deaths have dropped to zero in all of the locations where clean water wells and pumps have been drilled and installed.
Since that time we have been blessed by an additional cable tool drill rig, a pump truck, and 3 pickup trucks. This equipment along with the generosity of volunteers has enabled this organization to drill an additional 17 wells since starting in 2005 at the ICC campus.
It is the intention of the volunteers to continue and expand the well drilling efforts. The need is almost overwhelming. The people now depend on contaminated water for all of their needs. Acute diarrhea illness from amoeba and e-coli are major and pervasive health issues. Every village in the area is desperately in need of the clean water which in most cases is only 300 feet beneath them. Our objective is to impact this problem as God gives us strength and resources to do so.
Water for Life International seeks funds and volunteers to continue, support and expand these efforts.