India Partners is Pumped for World Water Day
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2011
Eugene, OR, March 15, 2011 – March 22nd is World Water Day, and India Partners is providing solutions for unclean water and water borne illnesses in India through a variety of ongoing projects and programs.
Poor sanitation is one of India’s most vicious killers. The World Bank estimates that 21% of all communicable diseases in India are related to unsafe drinking water. It is estimated that 665 million people, nearly 50% of India’s population, defecate outside in open sewers or fields. According to UNICEF, over 1,000 children in India die every day from diarrheal disease.
India Partners works in city slums and remote villages where improper water usage is as much about ignorance as it is about resources. While visiting an India Partners’ medial camp, one rural villager told us that drinking water makes you lazy and unable to work. Because of his misconception, the man was deathly dehydrated and unaware of the importance of drinking clean water.
India Partners is addressing the issue of unclean water with long-term solutions:
Education – We provide information to our partners in India about the cycle of disease and how washing, drinking boiled water and properly disposing waste saves lives.
Water Wells – For $153 per well, we equip villages with clean water sources that provide easy access to safe drinking water. So far, India Partners has helped to build 46 wells, serving over 13,000 villagers in India.
Medication – According to UNICEF, diarrhea and worm infection are two major health conditions that affect children in India. India Partners provides de-worming medication, antibiotics and other common yet expensive medications at no cost to those who are too poor to acquire them. 50 patients can be treated with de-worming medications for $35.
To join India Partners’ efforts to bring clean water and improved sanitation to India, please visit IndiaPartners.org, or call toll-free 1.877.87.INDIA.
About India Partners:
India Partners is a conduit to a broad group of indigenous, faith-based grassroots agencies in India focused on alleviating poverty and injustice. India Partners believes in helping the people of India help themselves, regardless of caste, religion, gender or creed. We seek support from others who share our passion to empower change.
Press Contact Only: Brent Hample