Over 2 billion people around the world do not have access to clean and safe water at home. As a result, one of the leading causes of death in low-income communities is illness due to waterborne disease, lack of sanitation, and poor hygiene practices. In some places, children and women walk hours each day to gather water instead of going to school or spending time on other productive activities.
NCM partners with local churches to provide communities with safe water through the implementation of a comprehensive WASH program that includes water supply, sanitation, and hygiene promotion. Safe water is provided through resources including wells, cisterns, and filtration technologies. Using resources and education, local churches also mobilize their communities to promote ongoing health and disease-prevention through the promotion of safe sanitation and hygienic practices.
Almost a billion people in our world are living without access to clean water. As a result, the leading cause of death worldwide is illness due to waterborne disease, lack of sanitation, and poor hygiene practices. In fact, every 15 seconds, a child dies due to water-related causes. What’s more, lack of clean water affects children’s education and families’ well-being because children and women walk hours each day to gather water instead of going to school or spending time on other productive activities.
Millions of African people are still deprived of the privilege of having access to water in their immediate environment. This lack forces millions of people, mostly women and children, to undertake a journey of several miles, sometimes twice a day, to the river or ground water hole. Often, they find that the water there is dirty, potentially bearing disease, parasites, and mosquitoes that carry malaria. Then, they start the hours long journey back home—where they are exposed to danger and abuse—with an average of 40 pounds of water on their heads.
WHAT WE DO
HOLISTIC CHILD DEVELOPMENT
HIV & AIDS
REFUGEE & IMMIGRANT SUPPORT
WOMEN & GIRLS