Water for Life
Access to clean water is still a challenge for millions of people around the world. In many rural villages in Africa, the lack of water is not only life-threatening; it is also one of the biggest obstacles to girls’ education.
Without clean water, many children fall victim to water-borne diseases and die or remain chronically ill, preventing them from going to school regularly. Further, in many of these traditional societies, it is the responsibility of girls and women to fetch water from polluted streams and rivers which can be as far as four miles from the village. By the time the girls return home, they are not only tired, but they have already missed the first hours of school. Clean water changes lives in a way, we in the West, can hardly imagine.
The Water Wells Project directly supports the UN’s MDG 4-reducing child mortality, and MDG 5, improving maternal health; and indirectly supports MDG 1-eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, and MDG 3-promoting gender equality and empowering women.
To date, 80 water wells have been installed through the collaboration with Council affiliates of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and the Association of Negro Business and Professional Women (NANBPW), thus changing the futures of those communities forever.
Donate a water well:
As an individual, you may donate a water well in your own name or in the memory of a loved one. Your well will be inscribed with your name or the name of your loved one if you wish.