More than 20,000 people will benefit from new wells and well rehabilitation
As part of a five-year focus on water and sanitation projects in Malawi, World Vision announced a new partnership with charity: water, specifically targeting needs in communities where less than 50% of the population has access to clean water.
World Vision has a 35-year history of holistic community development work in Malawi, and this partnership will allow a collaborative effort to expand water interventions in many communities.
Clean water, sanitation and good hygiene are basic necessities many Americans take for granted, but for many children around the world, they can be the difference between life and death. Worldwide, nearly one billion people lack access to drinking water from an improved drinking water source such as a simple hand pump well or a piped water system, and 2.5 billion people do not have access to improved sanitation.
"Imagine what life is like when you have to walk for miles every time you need water. Because it is so fundamental to our existence, there is no other humanitarian intervention that has a more dramatic effect on children and families than access to clean water and sanitation," said Rich Stearns, president of World Vision.
This month, the partnership will launch water interventions in Malawi, with 55 new wells and 40 rehabilitated wells planned for 2013.
"We're very excited about this new partnership between charity: water and World Vision. By working together, we'll be able to provide clean water to 20,000 people in Malawi this year. Many charity: water donors have worked hard to make this a reality by fundraising, giving and sharing the story of Malawi with their friends," said charity: water CEO and founder Scott Harrison .