Water. It is vital to our existence. It sustains and renews life. But if it’s contaminated, water brings disease and even death.
Many people living in developing nations, especially in rural regions, simply don’t know the dangers of unclean water, poor sanitation, and improper hygiene. They don’t know that the water they drink to stay alive hides illnesses that can kill.
Approximately 780 million people in the world do not have access to an improved water source. It’s estimated that 801,000 children under the age of five die from water-borne illness each year. That’s nearly 2,200 little ones dying each day from preventable diseases.(1)
We believe the global water and sanitation crisis can be solved within our lifetimes. We are working to provide clean water and sanitation to every man, woman, and child in every Ethiopian community where MJAA works, especially among the displaced Jewish community often found in some of the hardest to reach places.
Safe, Clean Drinking Water
While providing free medical care in these areas, MJAA is also focusing on preventative health care through providing clean water. Since 2007, MJAA has provided 17 water wells to needy Jewish communities in Ethiopia.
Local contractors dig approximately 60 meters deep (about 200 feet) to access pure, life-giving water for a community. The wells yield five liters of water per second, and a single well provides clean water to 2,500 households. That’s roughly 12,500 people who have safe water to drink, water that won’t make them sick, give them pain, or possibly even lead to their death.
A properly-managed well can benefit a community for over 15 years. After MJAA provides training in well operation, installation, and maintenance, community members resume full responsibility for the well. By providing materials as well as training local people in mechanical repair, water treatment, and other well maintenance, MJAA wells are setting the standard for sustainability and community involvement.
With your help, MJAA plans to dig four of these wells in 2016 at a cost of $16,000 per well.
Education to Stop Disease
Hand in hand with the need for clean water is the need for education about proper sanitation and hygiene. Without it, disease will continue to spread. But once people are aware of how they are getting sick and begin implementing safer practices, they have hope of leading healthier lives.
One such disease spread by improper hygiene is trachoma. It is one of the most preventable causes of blindness. Trachoma turns the eyelid inward causing eyelashes to scrape and scar the eye. Imagine how painful this must be! Without intervention, trachoma will cause blindness. But with proper sanitation and hygiene, the spread of this miserable disease can be stopped.
With your help, MJAA will continue providing this priceless education to Jewish people in Ethiopia to help restore health, save sight, and save lives.
Water wells and education – together they are changing lives in Ethiopia.
You and MJAA – together we are making it happen.
When you support MJAA, you team up with us to meet these critical needs of Jewish people in Ethiopia. Together we can bring life!