Project MAJI

Sustainable Rural Water

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Water Poverty

A necessity for life, it is a tragedy that nearly 1 billion people in the world have no regular access to clean drinking water, with the vast majority of these people being the rural poor in Africa.


The water impoverished usually have to rely on natural water sources that can be many kilometres away. It can be a long, often treacherous, walk to collect vessels of water to bring back to the village.
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With a lack of access to water, dehydration is not the only concern. In fact, the biggest killer of people in rural Africa is diahorrea caused predominantly by poor hygiene. The simple act of washing hands after going to the toilet and before eating can save millions of lives, but without easy access to clean water, this basic task is ignored with dire consequences!


For a woman, the time spent collecting water means time away from her family. Less time to be a mother and also a lack of opportunity to work and become an income earner. For the children, it is time away from school limiting their future opportunities. This is a truly a trap that hinders the possibility of growth for individuals and the community as a whole, but provided with a local source of drinking water, a community can flourish and grow, alleviating not only water poverty, but economic poverty also.