Friday, November 7, 2008

Statistics on Water borne illnes/death

Did you know that each year more than five million people die from water-related disease? 30 percent of water-related deaths are due to diarrhea. 84 percent of water-related deaths are in children ages 0 – 14. 98 percent of water-related deaths occur in the developing world. Less than 1% of the world's fresh water (or about 0.007% of all water on earth) is readily accessible for direct human use. A person can live weeks without food, but only days without water. A person needs 4 to 5 gallons of water per day to survive. The average American individual uses 100 to 176 gallons of water at home each day. The average African family uses about 5 gallons of water each day.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to meet with some guys from Sawyer products who have recently introduced a very innovative biological water filter based on kidney dialysis filters. The system was to say the least, very efficient and inexpensive. I really has the potential of radically impacting water borne disease and death. Just think! What a great opportunity to give people the gift of water and at the same time, introduce them to the Living Water! Check out this filter on the link following. We are sending our first few down to the church in Cuba in December.

Here is some more food for thought - In the time it took for you to read this, 2 children have died from a water related disease. 1.8 million children die each year from diarrhea – 4,900 deaths each day.

We are currently praying about how we can use this technology to not only further the kingdom of God but also to love on our brothers. If you want to give towards this project, please contact me at the church office.

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