Access to safe drinking water remains a challenge in Africa with millions dying from water-related diseases each year. Donate to Africa and help us raise money to build wells in communities so they can have access to safe drinking water.
How you can Help
Donate to Africa Water Goals
Raise donations from individuals and organizations to support water efforts/projects that include building water wells to provide clean water to the people of Africa. Donate Now
Collect donated goods to help families in Africa
Partner with companies to help provide water drilling equipment
To achieve the goals above, Donate to Africa will need to collect at least 10 million dollars in Donations in the next 2-5 years.
Ways you can help
Donate money or goods. Make a difference by donating to this cause, your contribution is crucial in helping us achieve these goals. Donate
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Volunteer-Donate to Africa is counting on individuals like you to meet our goals. There are so many ways that you can volunteer and help us achieve our goals.
- • Help at the Donate to Africa events
- • Call radio programs and spread the word about the need to help the different causes in Africa.
- • Start an online discussion about how people can help Donate to Africa.
- • Send emails to friends and let them know that they can also make a difference by Donating to Africa.
- • Publicize the Donate to Africa website
- • Help us sell Donate to Africa merchandise (Store owners)
Attend our events. Donate to Africa has fundraising events each and every month in different parts of the world. In case you are interested in attending one of our fundraising events, send an email to [email protected]
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In Africa, the presence of water means a lot. It can literally mean life and death for entire communities. Unfortunately, they don t have enough water in many regions. Its shortage across most of Africa is one of the leading causes of sickness and death for the whole continent. Water scarcity or lack of safe drinking water is one of Africa s leading problems affecting more than 300 million people. About one in every six people in Africa lacks access to safe drinking water.
The most immediately apparent impact of water scarcity in Africa is on the continent s health. With a complete lack of water, humans can on average only live up to 3 to 5 days. This often forces those living in water deprived regions to turn to unsafe water resources, which then contributes to the spread of waterborne diseases including typhoid fever, cholera, dysentery and diarrhea. Additionally, water scarcity causes many people to store water in their households, which increases the risk of household water contamination and incidents of malaria and dengue fever spread by mosquitoes. These waterborne diseases are not usually found in developed countries because of sophisticated water treatment systems that filter and chlorinate water, but natural, untreated water sources often contain tiny disease-carrying worms and bacteria. Although many of these waterborne sicknesses are treatable and preventable, they are nonetheless one of the leading causes of disease and death in Africa. 2.2 million people die each year from diarrhea-related disease in Africa, and at any given time close to a half of hospital beds in Africa are occupied by patients suffering from water-related diseases. Infants and children are especially susceptible to these diseases because of their inexperienced immune systems, which lends to elevated infant mortality rates in many regions of Africa.
Historically, the shortage of water in the region was caused by a global climate change which was recorded in the early 22nd B.C.E. This reduced the amount of rainfall in the area that eventually caused a lot of problems like drought, sickness and even mortality in the region. The economic collapse that eventually led to the fall of great nations that were in the area during that time was also attributed to this problem.
From history to the present, water scarcity in Africa is the root cause of problems in health, food scarcity and many opportunities for the people. This condition is primarily the reason for the low productivity of the people. As written from history to the present news, the supply of water is very important. Its effect is not only limited to an individual or a household. Its effects to a nation can be so great that it determines its rise and fall. Unluckily, for a place like Africa, this has been the cause why developments were hampered.
From antiquity to the present, water scarcity in Africa is the root cause of so many problems; health, food scarcity, and the loss of many opportunities for the people. This condition is primarily the reason for the low productivity of the people. The effect of water scarcity is not only limited to an individual or a household. It can affect whole nations, and can be so powerful that it determines the rise and fall of entire countries. Unluckily, for a place like Africa, this has been the cause of why development has been hampered.
Sub-Saharan Africa has the largest number of water-stressed countries of any other place on the globe. In Africa, the struggle for access to clean drinking water is one of today s most obvious examples of how water scarcity leads to the stalling and reversal of human progress. While each individual living in the developed world uses on average 100 to 175 gallons of water per day in the home, the average African family uses only 5 gallons of water per day. This vast disparity of clean water availability and consumption is reflected in a number of different developmental aspects. These consequences include the effects on health, opportunities for women, children s education, agricultural practices, regional conflict, and productivity and development.
When infected with these waterborne diseases, those living in African communities suffering from water scarcity cannot contribute to the community’s productivity and development because of a simple lack of strength. Additionally, economic resources are sapped by the cost of medicine to treat waterborne diseases, which takes away from resources that might have been used for food or school fees. This also takes a toll on the governmental funds. The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) estimates that in Sub-Saharan Africa, treatment of diarrhea due to water contamination consumes 12 percent of the country’s health budget. With better water conditions, the burden on healthcare would be less substantial and a healthier workforce would stimulate economic growth and pull many people out of poverty.
With donations, water sources can be installed, like wells or aqueducts, in order for it to reach even far flung areas. It can also help solve food scarcity by the development of irrigation for farmlands. People can also be educated so they will discover their own methods of establishing waterways. A secure source of water will prevent the spread of diseases as well, and reduce the mortality rate of men, women, and children. Health is indeed wealth, because it guarantees the productivity of people, so with water around the area, further developments can be made possible.