A Day in the Life

It may be difficult to envision a day in the life of some needy families before they receive help from NOW Foundation and our supporters. Unlike typical children, who wake up and prepare for school with clean clothes and a hearty breakfast, these children do not have the basic necessities for long term survival.

Instead of a sweet glass of orange juice, needy children in some areas of the world drink water that is teeming with bacteria. Instead of nourishing their bodies, they are actually poisoning it, but they have no alternative. They may have no breakfast at all, and their community may be unable to support a school.

Hunger and lack of clean water invades every area of life for those who are forced into this reality. Poor health and lack of resources keeps individuals in poor health with little way of raising themselves up. Children may spend their morning trekking several miles in order to manually carry home dirty water from a distant supply, or they may simply sit listlessly, lacking the energy for physical activity.

If they have a midday meal, it must be carefully rationed as food is scarce. Mothers almost always feed their children first and go without themselves if they must. The same routine is followed at dinner, the cycle of hopelessness capturing these families firm in its grasp.

NOW hopes to break families out of these depressing lifestyles and give them the education and tools needed for building a better life. With water holes and farming supplies, communities can enjoy new life, self-sufficiency, and good health.

Instead of shivering through the cold of night, they will be clothes warmly. Fresh fruit can be served to get the day off to a good start. Grains and corn can be used to establish a healthy diet that gives children the energy they need to learn and play.

A day in the life of a needy family lacks hope before NOW Foundation steps in, but afterward they can look forward to a bright, new future.

WATER CRISIS IN AFRICA AND THEIR POSSIBLE REMEDIES

Lack of clean water has been a problem has led to death of many people many African countries. It is estimated that about 358 million people drink dirty water that can kill them. In rural communities and poor urban centres across the sub-Saharan Africa it’s estimated that millions of people suffer from access of clean and safe water. The burden of looking for clean water is left for women and girls who are mostly forced to walk long miles to look for water from ponds and streams. These ponds mostly contain water-borne diseases that are dangerous to human consumption. Drinking dirty water can lead to dangerous water-borne diseases that deprive the future of the entire community. It’s sad to also note that over halve of the developing world’s primary schools lack a way to getting clean water. This is dangerous to the health of children. In 2004 the WHO stated that only 16% of people in sub-Saharan Africa had access to clean drinking water through an indoor connection by tap raising an alarm to the number of people drinking dirty water

358 million people die each year in Africa from water-related disease like diarrhea .The disease is caused by poor sanitation due to lack of clean water and proper hygiene. Clean water is known to improve sustainable production of food in order to reduce hunger and lack of it can be a disaster causing many deaths. This can be caused bearing in mind that more than 80% of sewage in developing countries is discharged into lakes and rivers before treatment.

783 million people across the world lack water according to research done.According to the report given after this research this group lacks access to sources of drinking water such as public standpipes, boreholes, household connection and proper rainwater collections. However it is impossible to measure water quality globally. Furthermore a region such as sub-Saharan Africa is the home of over 40 per cent of all people who lack improved drinking water.

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It’s also estimated that a child dies after every 20 seconds from lack of sanitation. Poor sanitation is caused b lack of clean water .The children are forced to use dirty water to which has high risk of transmission of diarrhea the fourth killer disease in children. In developing countries 80% of raw sewage is disposed directly into water and this high risk to human health. Raw sewage is a threat to aquatic life and can lead to breeding of bacteria that cause diarrhea a major killer disease in children. It also interferes with drinking water thus becomes risky to human life.

Also 3.5 million people in Africa die each year from inadequate water, sanitation and hunger. Poverty is directly related to clean drinking water and this can be seen in sub Saharan Africa where

most people live in absolute poverty. In developing countries people living in slums live in very poor conditions with poor piping which exposes taped water to sewage water and this poor sanitation is a risky to human health as it can lead to water born diseases.

227 million people in Africa who are starving and die from hunger and 805 million others are starving according to the WHO. This is caused by inadequate methods to attack the issue of clean water. Lack of clean water is directly linked to all these problems because minus water food production is hindered .Starvation can also be caused by unfavourable weather condition as in the case of the sub Sahara region where there is high population living in poverty. Also to note is that in Africa 161 million children’s growth is stunted by undernourishment due to the poor living conditions including lack of clean water which leads to general poverty with children’s growth is stunted by undernourishment

Finally the Now water Foundation comes to the aid of Africa to solve the issue of water problem by creating boreholes and providing purification tablets for clean water. It also offers agricultural education to communities to help solve the problem of hunger and poverty. The help provided by the Now Foundation finally helps in solving the hunger problem in Africa.

Water Shortage

Water is essential for the survival of all living things and as human beings is more important as sixty percent of our bodies are made up of water. It’s a natural resource found in rivers, oceans seas and even underground. The availability of water depends on many factors e.g. the type of climate, the geographical location, forestation, the population and many others.

Nearly one billion people do not have access to clean, safe water – that’s the equivalent of 1 in 8 people on the planet. In continents like Africa and Asia, water for daily use is not accessible for most communities living in arid areas and slums. Clean water is a basic necessity for people to be able to do their daily activities like farming, cleaning, cooking meals and others. Most poor people living in slums Africa cannot have access to clean water for due to bad government policies and pollution. This has led to many health problems with disease outbreaks such as cholera and typhoid. Statistics state that, in developing countries, as much as 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions.

Water scarcity in Asia and Africa has an impact on the development of the affected states e.g. Sudan. Firstly, agriculture is greatly affected by water availability. Most households in this two continents depend on water for agricultural practices e.g irrigation to do farming. If there is water scarcity, people will suffer from hunger and malnutrition and can result to many deaths if not intervened. Secondly it affects the quality of education as availability of water in schools will translate to good performance. Thirdly, in these two continents mentioned above, it is the responsibility of women to avail water for domestic. Women will have to look for water from different places even if it is several kilometres away or from the river which is contaminated with sewage. This condition greatly influences the outcome of pregnant women involved in this tedious water searching activity as overworking can complicate childbirth.

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Lastly, availability of water influences the development of the children. In many cases, the girl child may not go to school so as to help the parents look for water. This will also affect the empowerment of the girl child. In Africa, most children under the age of five are usually diagnosed with water-related illnesses e.g severe dehydration due to lack of water.

Water shortage is a great challenged in which continuous efforts to eradicate it are employed through campaigns and international aids. The following are ways which are being employed to curb this problem. Communities are being trained on water storage and harvesting using water tanks or construction of dams or pans in areas with high rainfall. People living in arid and semi-arid areas are being assisted by drilling of boreholes so as to access water. Also, people are advised to conserve water source E.g Rivers by planting trees and avoiding cultivation along water catchment areas. Technology is also being used to boost water access through innovative water pumps.

In conclusion, water is everything a community needs to be able to sustain itself.

Water

Water is essential for the achievements of all lifestyle and as individuals it is more essential as 60 % of our bodies are created up by water. It’s an organic resource discovered in oceans, seas and even undercover. Its availability depends on many aspects e.g. the type of climate in a certain place, the location of the waters, forestation, the population and many others.

Nearly one billion individuals do not have access to clean, safe water that’s the equivalent of 1 in 8 individuals on the planet. In major regions like Africa and Asia, water for daily use is not accessible for most communities living in dry places and slums. Water that is clean is a basic necessity for individuals to be able to do their daily activities like farming, cleaning, cooking meals and others. Most the people living in slums Africa cannot have access to clean water due to bad government policies and pollution. This has led to many health problems with disease outbreaks such as cholera and typhoid. Statistics state that, in developing countries, as much as 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions.

Water scarcity in Asia and Africa has an impact on the development of the affected states e.g. Sudan. Firstly, agriculture is greatly affected by water accessibility. Most households in these two major regions depend on water for agricultural practices e.g irrigation to do farming. If there is water scarcity, individuals will suffer from hunger and malnutrition and can result to many deaths if not intervened. Secondly it affects the quality of education as accessibility to water in schools will translate to good performance. Thirdly, in these two major regions mentioned above, it is the responsibility of women to avail water for domestic purposes. Women will have to look for water from different places even if it is several kilometers away or from the river which is contaminated with sewage. This condition greatly influences the outcome of pregnant women involved in this tedious water searching activity as overworking can complicate childbirth.

Lastly, accessibility to water influences the development of the children. In many cases, many children may not go to school so as to help the parents look for water. This will also affect the empowerment of the children. In Africa, most children under the age of five are usually diagnosed with water-related illnesses e.g severe dehydration due to lack of water.

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Water shortage is a great challenge which continuous efforts to eradicate it are employed through campaigns and international aids. The following are ways which are being employed to curb this problem.

Communities are being trained on water storage and harvesting using water tanks or construction of dams or pans in places with high rainfall. People living in dry and semi-arid places are being assisted by drilling of boreholes so as to access water. Also, individuals are advised to conserve water sources E.g Rivers by planting trees and avoiding cultivation along water catchment places. Technology is also being used to boost water access through innovative water pumps.

In conclusion, water is life, everybody needs water to stay alive and therefore it should be conserved.

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