The numbers are staggering and mind blowing. Imagine in a 12 month period the entire city of Los Angeles being wiped off the planet. All of them killed by contaminated water. This is what happens every year on our planet. Women spent 200 million hours walking to carry that water. This is equivalent to building 28 Empire State buildings each day.
- Every year 3.5 million people die from water-related diseases. Children make up 84% of this number.
- Every 20 seconds another child dies. That's equivalent to a jumbo jet every 4 hours!
- If you were to combine all the people in the world that lack access to clean water you would find their number to be more than 3 times the population of the United States.
- Just a quick 5 minute shower uses more water than a typical person living in a developing country uses in an entire day.
- The average distance women and children must walk to collect water that is often contaminated is 4 miles.
While these numbers can be disheartening, the good news is we are making a difference. Healing Hands International has drilled more than 380 water wells in nations such as Ethiopia, Honduras, India and Zambia to name just a few. Last year was a record breaking year at Healing Hands as more than 100 wells were drilled bringing clean water to an estimated 500,000 people. We are thankful for so many of you that have supported this water ministry since it began 10 years ago.
We are excited that this year we are set to begin drilling in the new nation of South Sudan. This new territory for HHI will be the focus of this year's Walk 4 Water. Hundreds of people will gather at Nashville Shores on Saturday, April 21 and walk 4 miles to help bring clean water to those who need it so desperately. Would you be interested in walking with us? Visit www.walk4water.org today to make a difference in the lives of others.
Not only are people walking in Nashville but walks are springing up all over the nation! Several congregations are having their first walk this year like Troy church of Christ and their On Track students in Tennessee and the Westworth congregation in Ft. Worth, Texas. We are so excited they will be joining efforts with us to bring clean water to the people of South Sudan! If you are interested in starting a walk in your area, contact Lori Kovach at LKovach@hhi.org.
Established in 1993 by the United Nations, March 22 is a day set aside every year to focus on world water issues. This year the focus is Water and Food Security, something we at Healing Hands know a lot about. We have been training communities on food sustainability practices for years. With a world population of 7 billion people and an expected population of 9 billion by 2050, we will need to produce 70% more food. This number jumps to almost 100% in developing countries! Agriculture uses 85% to 95% of all water in many developing countries. This is why we are teaching drip irrigation techniques to communities around the world. To learn more about our Food Sustainability programs, click here.
We are also excited to bring to the Nashville area a series of workshops on rainwater harvesting and food production and preservation. Our "Harvest the Rain, Reap the Grains" workshop series is designed to educate everyone from those with no experience to those that have been practicing sustainability measures for years. To learn more and to register, click here.
The hope for this day is to bring attention to water and worldwide water issues. At Healing Hands, our hope is to bring attention to the One who gives us all Living Water!