Water for Well-being

 

 

Water is essential for life, however nearly one billion people lack access to clean, safe drinking water.  Each day women and children walk miles from home to collect water at the nearest source.  In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours a year walking for water. Unfortunately, the water they collect is full of parasites and diseases.  The following pictures were taken by Ed and Gigi Bourke during their trip to Tanzania and shows the water crisis in the clearest way.

This is the local source of water in a small village

This woman lowers a bucket to collect water

For many children, collecting water is a greater priority than attending school

The villagers carry heavy buckets while traveling long distances

Access to clean drinking water will provide children the opportunity to attend school; instead of, bearing the burden of up to 40 pounds a day of harmful water on their fragile backs.  Access to clean drinking water will give women the ability to work or start their own businesses.  Access to clean drinking water will allow men to earn more money by preventing sickness.  Access to clean drinking water will allow livestock to grow and multiply, producing more food and income to the family.  Access to clean drinking water changes everything.

New technology has also created new solutions to the water crisis.  In addition to wells, mobile desalination units are an alternative and sustainable way to provide clean drinking water.  In the right location and circumstance the mobile desalination units can be made stationary and provide at least 4,000 gallons of water per day.

Water is needed for everyday life, but most needed when a disaster occurs.  Mobile water desalination units provide emergency water supply wherever and whenever needed. The units can be easily moved and deploy to disaster area and provide an immediate water supply.

 In 2012, The Bourke Family Foundation partnered with Wells of Life to fund the drilling of a water well in rural eastern Uganda, Africa.  We believe that access to clean drinking water will provide children the opportunity to attend school, give women the ability to work, allow men to earn more money, and allow livestock to grow and multiply, producing more food and income to the families.  

The Bourke Family Foundation is committed to providing sustainable water in any situation.  We are currently looking to building more wells in villages and providing training on water desalination units in times of disaster.  We will continue to work with local NGOs to cater to and work with the needs of each location.

Although people in Africa spend the most time collecting water, they consume the least amount in the world.