Monday, 17 January 2011

Planet Water Foundation (PWF)

A friend, Mr Nick Hill, is the Executive Chairman of the Planet Water Foundation. And I'm writing this blog entry because I feel that what they are doing is important and I want to help spread the word.

This is an organisation which works to alleviate waterborne disease, illness, and death through providing access to clean drinking water and improved sanitation facilities in Asia's most disadvantaged communities.

The PWF website provides far more information on what they are doing and how you can help. Here's some extracts to get you thinking...

Over 60% of the world’s 1.1 billion people who don’t have access to clean drinking water live in Asia. Issues include:
- Inadequate supply
- Increases in urban population
- Pollution
- Poor infrastructure
- Corruption

The situation is worst for Asia's children, where:
- More than 125 million children under five years old live in homes without access to clean and safe drinking water.
- Each and every day, 450 of Asia's children die namelessly without public comment with most people unaware of their daily struggles for survival and of the vast numbers of impoverished people around the world who lose that struggle.

The Asia Development Bank warns, “If conditions do not improve, Asia will face a water quality crisis unprecedented in human history”

With the PWF solution, just $20 can provide a person safe, clean water for life! Inclusive in this cost is the water supply and purification system, water access / hand wash infrastructure, and basic hygiene education, with funds left over for maintenance and spare parts.


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