Waterlink Africa: Water Changes Everything

Waterlink Africa: Water Changes Everything

Clean Water Projects Image 2Did you know? $1 can give clean water to one person for over a decade.

Why is water life-altering?

  1. Unsterile water is the number two killer amongst children. Around the world, fetching water is a woman’s task. Thus, one of the most crucial health issues for women in Africa is the clean water shortage. 1 in 5 children worldwide dies of a water-related disease.
  2. Water is a women’s issue. In order to get access to clean water, women and girls must carry up to 50lbs of water every day over typically 5 miles or more. Carrying this water has shown to stunt growth in young girls which has contributed to the extremely high maternal mortality rate in these areas, but girls and women also face dangers along their way to a water source.
  3. Water improves education and economy. Education has been proven to be the greatest way to improve a community. When kids get sick from water-borne diseases, they can’t attend classes – then fall behind, then drop out. Most students suffer from severe dehydration because they try to drink as little bad water as possible. When the brain is dehydrated, it has a very hard time focusing on tasks such as school work, and chances of success are greatly diminished. There are some children who walk daily to get water and are unable to attend school, and the adults are unable to put hours into a paying vocation. When children have the opportunity to be educated, they can become problem solving members of the community and have a hope of contributing to their society.

Waterlink Africa

Fayye Foundation has teamed up with Waves for Water to pursue a series of clean water projects throughout Africa. The filters that will be installed use the highest filtration rates available, can provide clean water for an entire village for pennies a day, and have a high flow rate which eliminates the need to store water. The filters are self-sustaining and easy to maintain. If cared for, each $50 filter lasts for many years, providing clean water for up to 100 people a day.

waterlink Africa: a chain of friends, spanning generations, from Africa to America and back to Africa. Donor, healer, helper – each link is necessary. Waterlink Africa delivers solutions from inventors to people in need of safe drinking water in every faraway corner of Africa.

Waves for Water and Fayye Foundation are certain that everyone who lacks clean water deserves to have unlimited access via an endless chain of caring, of which each of us is a single link. Experts are confident that the water crisis will be completely eradicated in our lifetime, but the only way we can do that is by every person in the link working towards this cause.

To donate to our first Waterlink project (Waves for Awassa/Project Ethiopia) you can go here. Your tax-deductible donation has the potential to give 20,000 people access to clean water. Every dollar counts.

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  1. Meagan 8 December, 2012, 07:42

    I DID feel like a cow… In the newborn phase. I mean, when you’re nursing a one month old, it really feels like you exist only as a milk machine. And you’re constantly covered with leaked milk… Later? Not so much!

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  2. Bailey 8 December, 2012, 09:45

    How do you know if the baby or your husband is getting enough?.. Lol.

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  3. Lynn 8 December, 2012, 10:15

    Ha – I have heard almost everyone on this list! My favorite is the being made fun of comment, because it has ALWAYS come from another parent. I always want to ask them if they are teaching their child to make fun of it, since they apparently think it will happen.

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  4. Jenny 8 December, 2012, 11:26

    My daughter and I play cow all the time. She’s three and a half years old. The cow game started when she was two after she learned about cow udders and what they were for. She gets down on all fours and moos. I get on all fours and moo in a motherly nurturing tone. She scrambles under me and latches on. It’s very cute. But, no, I don’t feel like a cow, I don’t need to cover up, she’s not too old, she is as independent as she should be at her age, the milk is nutritious, it keeps her healthy, it doesn’t hurt, and she LOVES it. :)))))

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  5. Christy 8 December, 2012, 13:28

    The worst comment that I heard while breastfeeding my son. I was a working mom and used a breast pump and was traveling to another building for training. When I inquired about needing a place to pump, they told me that there was a bathroom. I told them I refused to prepare my child’s food in a bathroom. They quickly found me another place to use, but it was still awkward since I wasn’t used to the people there.

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  6. Adrienne 8 December, 2012, 13:33

    Best. Picture. EVER!

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  7. Michelle 8 December, 2012, 14:44

    “You’re just a human pacifier.”

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  8. Honorata 8 December, 2012, 14:48

    one with husband wanting them back is my favourite.

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  9. Erin S 12 December, 2012, 20:35

    HA I agree with Adrienne, that picture is hilarious!! But oh man this list…I’ve already heard a few and it’s only been 7 months :\

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  10. Shanna 12 December, 2012, 21:26

    Here’s the one I ALWAYS get: What about when they get teeth? Don’t they bite you?

    I’ve nursed 3 boys and have not lost a nipple yet…

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