IAS has drilled more than 5,000 wells throughout Africa since 1989.
With 2014 fresh and underway, IAS is excited to introduce a new initiative: the Clean Water Alliance (iasWater.org), designed to link those in the developed world with urgent, life-saving water projects.
Hope for the world’s poor begins with safe, clean water. Clean water improves basic health, which is the basis of education, commerce and the general well-being of entire communities. Since 1989, IAS has drilled more than 5,000 wells throughout Africa, transforming the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
Providing the world’s population with clean drinking water is the largest global challenge of the 21st century. The United Nations estimates that 770 million people lacked access to an improved water source in 2013, and that 2.5 billion lacked access to even the most basic sanitation. The World Health Organization reports that almost 5,000 people die every day from waterborne illnesses, and 90% of those are children under the age of five. Two out of every ten people must walk more than one kilometer to find water, and much of that water is unsafe for drinking.
Clean water is the difference between life and death for many, but it also has a huge impact on the quality of people’s lives. Waterborne illnesses keep children from school and parents from work, which perpetuates the cycle of illiteracy and poverty, which in turn perpetuates the lack of infrastructure needed to provide and maintain safe water sources. Access to improved water and sanitation is the first step toward sustainable communities.
The IAS Clean Water Alliance is a consortium of individuals, churches, non-profit organizations, civic groups and businesses who share a common goal: the desire to see universal access to clean, safe water.
“Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well.” – Proverbs 5:15 NIV
Help us make a difference in Africa. Join the IAS Clean Water Alliance.
The IAS Clean Water Alliance strives not only to make these worldwide needs known, but to help you provide the solutions. We give you ownership of a water project, and we give you the tools you need to see your project through to completion.
How does joining the Alliance work?
Becoming a part of the Alliance is easy. There are no membership fees or dues – just a commitment by you, your church, business or organization to do your part in promoting the cause of clean water for the developing world.
What happens once you join?
After you join, you or your group can choose from a number of water-related projects to sponsor. Sponsorship options include fresh water wells, the rehabilitation of older or broken wells, an animal trough for a well, a water filtration system for a family, pit latrines for schools and more.
How does sponsorship work?
Whatever project you choose becomes yours, and how you choose to manage the funding is entirely up to you. Invite friends and family to donate to your project by hosting a benefit or launching a social media campaign. Create a project for your small group or Bible study. Or simply invite your group to make a direct and significant impact by providing water to those in desperate need.
I encourage you to visit the IAS Clean Water Alliance website at iasWater.org. I truly believe this is one of the most significant ways you can make a difference in the world in 2014.
President, IAS America
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