There’s no denying that the statistics speak volumes:

771 million people – 1 in 10 – lack access to safe water.* Millions of people take multiple trips each day to collect water. 282 million people spend more than 30 minutes each time. More specifically, women and children bear the primary responsibility for water collection. Women and girls spend 200 million hours every day collecting water. This is time not spent working, caring for family members, or attending school.

The ramifications of these stats and staggering amount of people affected can seem quite daunting in terms of how to address this global issue.  The good news, though, is that there are multiple organisations that continue, year on year, to provide sustainable solutions to the lack of water and adequate sanitation to many thousands of people in hundreds of communities.

Sustainability may seem like the buzzword – bandied about without much meaning, but the truth of it is – sustainability is vital in the provision of water and sanitation to those for who access to water is an ongoing fight for actual survival.

There’s much truth in the adage, ‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime’, but before this philosophy can be realised, help is needed to provide water to communities that more often than not, do not have the most basic of infrastructures for a steady supply of water.

Sustainable water projects are those that include both short term and long-term solutions that pave the way forward by provide communities with convenient access to a constant supply of potable water and water for productive use every day.

That’s why, at AquAid Water Coolers we have, since our humble beginnings more than two decades ago, partnered with charities that not only provide emergency relief but also sustainable solutions to poverty around the globe, as is the case with Christian Aid and in the case of The Africa Trust, throughout Africa.

To learn more about the work that these organisations carry out, visit the AquAid website, and see how your water and water cooler purchases are making a visible difference to others.