Providing Safe Drinking Water To Rural Villages
save lives by reducing water-borne diseases
Your donation will make a tangible impact to the lives of thousands of rural people by providing a safe water supply to a health, education or conservation water project
The international development sector has identified water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH) programs as an area with significant potential to improve health, life expectancy, student learning and gender equality.
BridgIT’s aid and development objective is to implement programs that provide a safe drinking water supply to address the water scarcity challenges of some of the poorest, most marginalised people in rural areas in developing nations.
Rural populations rely on surface water instead of groundwater for everything they do - drinking, cooking, washing and living. These water sources are contaminated and often dry up during dry seasons leaving communities searching long distances for water.
Water-borne illnesses such as typhoid, cholera, dysentery and diarrhoea are reported highly in rural areas due to drinking contaminated water. This also results in reduced energy for livelihoods and community development.
In many rural areas, people have no alternative other than to drink water collected from open water sources such as open ditches, polluted river water, unsafe well water and dams often shared with their livestock. The rural communities do not have funds, education or technology to bring the water closer to them so the individual has to travel to the water supply which is often remote from where they live.
Women and children spend on average a 3-4 hour round trip travelling daily including queuing time and bear the burden of collecting this contaminated water. Therefore, BridgIT's aim is to locate the water well within 300 metres of each rural village household and closer to the individual. The impacts this produces not only to health but also a reduction in village household expenditure on health related issues are immediate.
Providing a water supply to a rural village or health care facility impacts thousands of lives.
Village populations range from 500 - 3000 and health facilities reach a broader community of 30,000 people or more. See projects here
Providing a water supply to an education facility can impact 250 to 3000 pupils.
Primary and Secondary Schools have a broad community impact as rural schools are often the heart of community life. See projects here
Provide a water supply to a conservation project where there is human and wildlife conflict over water resources. We provide a water supply to a village away from the water source where both people and wildlife use it.
Help us reach our goal of supplying 200 rural villages by 2020
BridgIT has installed over 130 facilities and over 320,000 people have received safe water. These testimonials prove that your aid money IS having an impact and making a quantifiable difference dispelling the myth that foreign aid is a waste of money.