Every day 4,000 children die due to lack of access to clean water and elementary sanitation. They contract diseases from drinking polluted water and lack of hygiene. Kindernothilfe supports the construction of sanitation and water systems. It seeks to make children aware of the health risks involved and how valuable water is as well as how important it is not to waste it.
2.6 Billion people lack appropriate sanitation
The heads of governments aimed very high in their Millennium Development Goals (MDG). By 2015 the number of people without access to clean water and sanitation is to be halved. Since 1992 the situation across the globe has shown a slight improvement. However, progress is very slow and if it continues at the present rate, the goal will not be reached.
An important aspect in this context is the environmental friendly use of natural resources. Clearing away forests, for example, means that there are not enough trees to hold water, give shade and protection from erosion. Cultivation methods adapted to local conditions and climate that do not leach the soil save water. The contamination of water must be stopped.
What action is Kindernothilfe taking?
In Kindernothilfe projects, water plays a significant number of roles. In community based projects children and adults learn how to use water economically. They also learn to use it sparingly and yet efficiently in cultivating vegetable plots and larger fields. Villagers form water committees to organise the supply and consumption of water. They are supported in this by qualified staff from Kindernothilfe's partners in the field. By constructing irrigation systems and wells Kindernothilfe supports sustainable sources of livelihood.