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When it Comes to Clean Water, Sharing is Caring

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CLEAN WATER.  How often do you think about clean water?  For most people, it's not something they ever think about.  You go to the faucet, you grab some water, no biggie.  You take a long, hot shower (feels good, right?), no worries.  You fill up your pool or spa as often as you want without batting an eyelash.  What if your water source was unsafe?  In fact, you had zero safe water to use.  Period.  Just think about that for a day.

Let's do something about the fact that in the past decade more people have died from Waterborne Illnesses (such as Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Shigella, and norovirus) than from all wars combined.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Global access to safe water, adequate sanitation, and proper hygiene education can reduce illness and death from disease, leading to improved health, poverty reduction, and socio-economic development. However, many countries are challenged to provide these basic necessities to their populations, leaving people at risk for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)-related diseases."

This past April 2018 LoveYourHotTub donated a mere $386.40 to this amazing Non-Profit group, Friendly Water for the World.  "David, what can you possibly do with $386?"  His answer empowered me.

Turns out, $386 American Dollars can help eight entire families by supplying them with BioSand Water Filters that Friendly Water teaches (typically) women to build, sell and maintain as a source of income, while saving the lives of family and friends in their community, building a stronger future.  BioSand Filters are proven to remove bacteria, viruses, protozoa, amoebae, worms, and heavy metals from the water supply.

With our $386, Friendly Water will be donating water systems to Tuinuane Foundation who provides "support for orphans of war and other refugees in eastern Congo until appropriate infrastructure can be put in place to support ourselves."  Every family that is able to adopt an orphan will receive a BioSand Filter.

Facts that you may not know, according to the CDC:

  • An estimated 801,000 children younger than 5 years of age perish from diarrhea each year, mostly in developing countries. This amounts to 11% of the 7.6 million deaths of children under the age of five and means that about 2,200 children are dying every day as a result of diarrheal diseases
  • Unsafe drinking water, inadequate availability of water for hygiene, and lack of access to sanitation together contribute to about 88% of deaths from diarrheal diseases
  • Worldwide, millions of people are infected with neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), many of which are water and/or hygiene-related, such as Guinea Worm Disease, Buruli Ulcer, Trachoma, and Schistosomiasis. These diseases are most often found in places with unsafe drinking water, poor sanitation, and insufficient hygiene practice

Our goal is not to gross you out over your morning cup of coffee.  Our goal is simply to share that we found an easy, inexpensive way to reach out and show your love to people in real need.  It's hard to hear stories like this a keep drinking your cup of Joe without reaching over to your wallet:

  • Families impacted by HIV who lived on a hill in a place called Ilemela. The families would have to buy water at the bottom of the hill, and then, as they became weaker, had to either take their kids out of school to haul water up, or pay people to do it (and, generally, there was no money for that purpose)
  • Women of Minova, who have been through so much, having been raped by their own national army, and who have now built and installed almost a thousand BioSand Filters and stopped cholera epidemics in two refugee camps
  • Singida is a semi-arid region in central Tanzania with a population of almost a million people, with 93% of them living in rural areas. It is not uncommon for women to walk up to 8-13 kilometers (5-8 miles) daily for water, which is collected from open ponds and small rivers, where it is shared with livestock. Wells, when they exist, are virtually all dried up and abandoned. Only 33% of people in the region have even intermittent access to clean water, and cholera, typhoid, and dysentery are common
  • People with Albinism live in great fear in Tanzania, as they are often hunted for their body parts, thought to bring good luck, especially in gold mining and fishing. More than a hundred people with albinism, often youth, are murdered each year, and this often happens among young people walking for water. Unable to protect them generally, the government has moved people with albinism into reserved areas, often without access to adequate food, water, schools, or employment

Thank you to LoveYourHotTub's customers for donating 5% of their ozone sales for a few days.  As you can see, it went a long way!!  We will continue to provide opportunities to donate.  Of course, you can go right to the source at FriendlyWater.Net!

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