Children collect water in a small stream in Rakai District, Uganda. (Photo by Jake Lyell, for Lutheran World Relief)

How your support helps provide water for all

March 22 is World Water Day and this year’s theme is “Water for All,” recognizing that billions of people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive.

Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others – are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need. (Source)

Recognizing that water is life’s essential element – and affects the quality of life of families around the world in so many ways – here are just a few examples of how you help provide water for all for our brothers and sisters in need around the world.

(Photo by Crystal Stafford, for IMA World Health)

You provide water for healthy kids in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the most “water rich” country in Africa yet, in rural locations where IMA World Health works, only 32 percent of the population is able to access potable water and 17 percent benefit from suitable water and sanitation devices. The lack of adequate available water and sanitation creates a ripple of impacts on the population.

Most seriously, water-borne diarrheal diseases drive alarming rates of child mortality, causing an estimated 17 percent of all child deaths. Our longtime partner, IMA World Health, has been working with health care systems in the DRC for over a decade to strengthen water, sanitation and hygiene programs, which are a critical component of the Access to Primary Health Care project, which aims to increase access to basic health care to a population of 8.9 million people.

IMA has provided more than 368,000 people with access to safe drinking water and nearly 298,000 with adequate sanitation. Read more about this project.

You provide water for agriculture in Kenya

These may look like simple holes in the ground to you, but they are actually a powerful tool for collecting water in dry places, like Makueni County, in Kenya. Through the Isaiah 58:10 project, funded by Lutheran congregations throughout the US, Families here have learned to use zai pits to capture and concentrate water for their crops, enabling them to grow food and earn income even though the region experiences prolonged periods of drought. Read more about this project!

You provide water to prevent infectious disease

When it comes to preventing infectious diseases, having access to safe water and knowledge of good sanitation and hygiene practices go hand-in-hand. In the Democratic Republic of Congo and Haiti, IMA World Health works with partners to empower communities with the water tools and resources they need to stay healthy. Learn more about IMA World Health water, sanitation and hygiene projects.

Ouoba Libabodimo (31) carries water home from the stream in Gnagna Province, Burkina Faso.

Thank You!

Your support makes it possible for Lutheran World Relief and IMA World Health to reach out to some of the world's poorest communities to find solutions to accessing water, growing food, earning income, improving health, and overcoming poverty.