R40 slakes thirst for 100 days

2016-08-09 06:00

Imagine what one can do with R40.

Some will say nothing much, but did you know that for a mere R40 you could help provide a household with 1600 litres of clean drinking water that lasts 100 days?

The lack of clean and safe drinkable water negatively impacts hundreds of communities and thousands of people across Sub-Saharan Africa every day.

Rotary District 9350’s SafeWater project aims to give all of these communities access to safe drinking water by providing them with Community LifeStraws – water filters that remove 99.9% of all waterborne germs.

The Rotary Club of Sea Point, part of District 9350, and its partners, the Relate Trust and Woolworths, plan to enhance the lives of many people who don’t have clean drinking water.

“Waterborne diseases causing diarrhoea kill more children in Sub-Saharan Africa than HIV/AIDS, measles and malaria combined,” says Dr Tony Davidson, co-ordinator of the Rotary SafeWater project. “Providing safe drinkable water is of the utmost importance,” adds Davidson.

“We are selling bracelets to raise the much needed funds for water filters. Our partnership with Woolworths proves invaluable as it enables us to reach more people across Sub-Saharan Africa.

The bracelets will be sold in over 160 stores in South Africa, Namibia and Swaziland,” says Davidson. “The majority of funds raised will go towards the installation of LifeStraw water filters within households and communities that do not have access to clean and safe drinkable water.”

“The purchase of one bracelet will provide a household family with 1600 litres of clean and safe water. It is enough drinkable water to last a 100 days,” says Davidson.

“On top of dealing with the after-effects of the disastrous drought, another concern for the country is that the amount of surface water contaminated by germs and parasites is increasing on a daily basis,” adds Davidson.

He explains that providing communities with these point-of-use filters will help reduce the prevalence of diarrhoea – currently the second biggest killer of children under the age of five in rural areas – and enhance the quality of life for many people with good quality water.

“The LifeStraw filters also help to reduce deforestation as it eliminates the need for having to boil water on wood fires for purification purposes. It also improves the education of rural children who are often absent from school as a result of diarrhoea,” adds Davidson.

The Rotary SafeWater Project empowers and uplifts communities in every aspect of the project – from production to spending funds.

The bracelets will be available at selected Woolworths stores for R39.95 each from July until December.

V For more information on the Safe Water Project, the Community LifeStraw filters and previous Rotary District 9350 projects, visit http://safewater.rotary9350.co.za/.

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