While working in the jungles of Peru, I realized that most of these remote areas do not have running water. This hit home when the wife of our local partner fell ill due to a parasitic infection. For the longest time, they were not aware of a silent killer. Drinking the water from the river for so long, it did not even cross their minds that this was the problem.
We decided to take action. We raised enough money to take a water filter into the jungle to give safe drinking water to this team.
After seeing the Doctor then starting to drink, CLEAN, Filtered Water; I am happy to report that she is living a strong, healthy life.
Such a simple thing that so many of us take for granted.
Be an agent of change and help bring clean drinking water into these hard-to-reach areas!
- Worldwide, 780 million people do not have access to an improved water source.
- An estimated 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation. (more than 35% of the world’s population)
- An estimated 801,000 children younger than 5 years of age perish from diarrhea each year.
- Unsafe drinking water, inadequate availability of water for hygiene, and lack of access to sanitation together contribute to about 88% of deaths from diarrheal diseases.
- Worldwide, millions of people are infected with neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), many of which are water and/or hygiene-related, such as Guinea Worm Disease, Buruli Ulcer, Trachoma, and Schistosomiasis. These diseases are most often found in places with unsafe drinking water, poor sanitation, and insufficient hygiene practices.
Why is there a concern about the water in remote areas of Peru?
Besides just parasites, virus, and bacteria; there is also the concern of chemicals from:
- Trash disposal
- Petroleum spills