Whether you’re getting yourself a refreshing drink, having a relaxing bath or preparing a delicious meal, it’s likely you use water for a variety of different reasons on a daily basis. The majority of us living in the UK are able to access clean, safe water quickly and easily – but this sadly isn’t the case for a lot of people.
It’s no secret that water is a basic necessity – yet there are approximately 700 million men, women and children across the globe without access to this life-saving resource. It’s reported that one in 10 people currently have no choice but to drink and use contaminated water, putting them at risk of contracting a range of illnesses. It can even result in death. In fact, every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease.
One charity that believes no one should have to go without clean water is Human Appeal. The non-profit organisation is working hard to put an end to the suffering of so many innocent and vulnerable people in countries all over the world. To find out how, keep reading.
Water desalination in Gaza
Over 90 per cent of the water in Gaza is contaminated. Bacteria in the water means that people are at a high risk of developing a number of health disorders, including high blood pressure, renal failure and osteoporosis. Some families are resorting to using a substantial portion of their earnings to buy water from unreliable sources. Unfortunately, this is usually contaminated too.
With the funds it has received so far, Human Appeal has been able to provide clean water for 200,000 children in Gaza. Moving forward, the charity has plans to build a water desalination plant on the coastline to serve the entire population. Not only will the plant offer enough safe water for approximately 600,000 people, but it will also provide employment opportunities.
Tackling drought in East Africa
For those living in East Africa, life is extremely tough. As a severe drought sweeps the region, millions of people are facing death. It’s estimated that nearly 20 million civilians in places such as Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya do not have access to a regular supply of safe drinking water.
Luckily, Human Appeal is on hand to help. The charity has dedicated staff working on the ground to offer emergency aid and support to those who need it most. So far, it has been able to provide over 80,000 vulnerable people with the fresh, clean water they need to survive.
On top of this, the charity has supplied other life-saving essentials too, including food parcels, medical aid and shelter.
How you can help
So that Human Appeal ca continue its hard work in Gaza, East Africa and elsewhere, the charity needs your help. By making a donation, no matter how big or small, you can be part of projects that are making a difference to the lives of millions of people across the globe.