It’s hard for us to imagine a world where water isn’t easily accessible. Yet safe drinking water is scarce in many developing countries. Compounding this is the problem of sanitation. Human waste contaminates water supplies. The result is an endless cycle of ailments and diseases. Because of these hardships, lives are wasted. Time is lost collecting water. Educational opportunities are lost to illness. Economic development is lost while people struggle to survive. And ultimately, lives are lost from disease. The true potential of God’s children should never be wasted like this — because there are solutions!
At Cross International, we work with partners all across the Caribbean, in Latin America and Africa to address the water crisis. Your support can help us provide wells and water systems to impoverished communities. You can also help us fund critically needed latrines, hand-washing facilities and community training in sanitation and hygiene.
With your help, we can provide clean water and sanitation to every community we work in, including the most vulnerable populations. This work is more important now than ever, since clean water is essential for handwashing and disinfection to prevent the spread of diseases like COVID-19.
In eastern Zambia, thousands of women and children travel great distances to collect their water
from dirty riverbeds or unprotected hand-dug pits shared by cattle, dogs and wild animals. “Water Is Life” is a three-year collaboration between Cross International and our local Zambian partner, the Kachere Development Program (KDP) to help provide clean water and effective sanitation. In FY2020, Cross funded the construction of 14 hand-pump operated wells. In addition to the wells, KDP trained village Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) committees that not only kept the wells operational but were responsible for the community employing effective sanitation and hygiene practices — something that has been especially crucial in the age of COVID.