The sun isn’t up yet. But you are.
The well that provides water for several neighboring villages is a two-hour walk from your home—and fetching water for your family is just the first of the many chores you’ll have to get through before the day is done. Tired as you are, it’s important to keep a sharp lookout for the dangers that are an ever-present possibility along the way, including wild animals or people willing to attack someone travelling the path alone. And after all this effort, there’s no guarantee that the water you bring back will be safe for your family to drink.
A nearby, reliable source of clean water is a wellspring not only for human health and safety, but also for broader community development. When water becomes readily available, communities in general—and women and girls in particular—can spend less time simply trying to survive and begin to thrive. Parents can spend more time with their children; girls can attend school, possibly for the first time; the incidence of water-borne disease and illnesses is reduced; households spend less on health care; the local economy benefits.
In low-income, rural, and tribal communities, local water supplies are frequently contaminated with substances such as lead, arsenic, and nitrates, leaving kids especially at risk for health effects. In communities where water does meet federal and state requirements, children often do not use the drinking fountains in schools, parks, and other public places because they are either broken, dirty or unappealing.Visit HometownH2O
Change Lives—One Drop a Time
By supporting the Chris Long Foundation, you can help us provide clean water access to communities in need—and dramatically improve hundreds of thousands of lives around the world. Donate today to help us share the gift of dependable water sources, or take part in a fundraiser to raise awareness of the vital importance of clean water access.
Thank you to the many organizations who’ve supported our goal of providing
safe, accessible drinking water to 1 million people worldwide.