Believers Eastern Church is tackling the water and sanitation crisis with practical and onsite solutions. Many people in our world today have no other option but to rely on unsafe and often contaminated water for cooking, bathing, and even drinking. Open defecation and lack of toilets contribute to unsanitary conditions that cause sickness and disease, lowering the quality of life and preventing escape from poverty.
1 in 9 people do not have access to safe water
Women and girls spend up to 6 hours every day collecting water
1 in 3 people do not have access to a toilet
Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease.
Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of diseases and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war
An average Dalit woman in India dies 14.6 years younger than women from higher castes as a result of poor sanitation and inadequate water supply
Access to clean water allows children to return to school instead of hauling water for hours. It increases their school attendance, and helps them reach their full potential. In societies that do not value education for women, lack of toilets for girls in schools limits their ability to continue their education through their teenage years.
Access to water leads to food security; with less crop loss, hunger is reduced. When a woman's time is saved from collecting water, they can pursue skills outside of their traditional roles and thus escape the cycle of poverty and effect positive change in their communities.
When women and girls have access to sanitation their health improves as they no longer have to wait until nightfall to answer nature's call. Nor do they risk sexual assault while being alone in the dark. When they have a clean water source close to their home, it also reduces physical injury from constant lifting and carrying heavy loads of water. Access to good sanitation and a safe water supply can save the lives of an estimated 1.5 million children per year. Clean water alone can reduce water-related deaths by 21%, and sanitation alone can reduce water-related deaths by 37.5%.
Risk of rape and sexual assault are reduced and safety is increased as women and girls do not have to venture into the fields at night to relieve themselves. Access to sanitation increases dignity and reduces psychological stress for girls and women.
We deliver safe, accessible and sustainable sanitation and water solutions to needy communities. This lifts them out of a cycle of disease and poverty and thereby helps them live fuller and healthier lives. Our work includes:
We build sanitation facilities both in rural and urban areas to help the poor have access to clean and safe toilets which contributes to improving their health, dignity and well-being as well as preserving the environment. In addition to installing household toilets, we also construct community toilets, public toilets, and decent sanitation facilities for schools.
We drill hundreds of bore wells each year in needy communities, including the "hardest-to-reach" regions where water is scarce. Some wells are drilled up to a depth of 600 feet to ensure water is available year-round, even during the driest summers or worst droughts. By drilling wells, we provide sustainable and reliable clean water to communities close to the places where they live in clusters.
Our BioSand water filters make pure water available to communities that are in desperate need of access to clean water. These locally-manufactured, concrete filters provide an easily accessible and long-term solution in even the most undeveloped region. Using natural processes and gravity alone, no electricity or chemicals are needed, so training their users how to use, clean, and maintain them correctly ensures effectiveness and sustainability.
To make clean water accessible to people in mountainous regions, we pipe pure water from natural springs to a community water tank. This saves hours of time for women who normally have to walk kilometers to haul water from the stream to their home. This also relieves women of health burdens associated with carrying heavy loads of water over long distances.
We also undertake well cleaning in areas where constant flooding causes wells to become clogged and contaminated. We send teams to those places to clean and disinfect wells and make sure the water is safe for consumption.
Our work doesn’t stop with the building of toilets & wells. We also educate communities on the importance of sanitation & hygiene and the risk of infection caused by a lack of sanitation. We provide practical instructions on keeping the new toilet hygienic & the environment safe & stress the importance of hand washing with soap.
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