You helped deliver life-saving, clean water to villagers in Liberia. You joined Lion Heart and the men and women of The Real Life Superhero Project in creating a clean water well in this West African nation that will serve 300 people for 20 years. And all it took was $10 and one click at a time.
1 billion people worldwide don’t have access to clean water. That’s 3x the population of the U.S.
Look at that number again: 1,000,000,000.
In terms of world health, more than 3.6 million people die each and every year, simply because they don’t have access to clean water. To drink. To cook with. To wash themselves. In fact, 80% of all illness and disease around the globe is caused by lack of sanitation and unsafe water.
In Liberia, where Lion Heart works tirelessly to educate his fellow villagers, thousands of school days are lost every year because kids are spending at least four hours a day hauling clean water back home from distant sources. If that well was in their own village, they could be spending that time building a brighter future for themselves and their countrymen.
Because truth is, clean water is a catalyst for growth in Liberia. Precious household income is often spent on providing clean water and medical treatment for conditions arising from water-related illness, rather than on school fees or food. That makes it hard for a “developing nation” to develop.
And the toll on women and children is particularly rough. Carrying water, a task often left to the women of the villages Lion Heart serves, can result in permanent damage to women’s health, both in terms of daily living through chronic fatigue and muscular complications, as well as their reproductive systems. And of the 9,800 deaths that occur every day, a whopping 84% are in kids under the age of 14.
And now you have the power to turn those numbers around. Because by clicking here: http://generosity.org, and donating as little as $10, you can do what Lion Heart and all the Real Life Superheroes did in funding a well in Liberia.
Yes, there are many urgent and important issues that we face every day, many right at our own front doors. But it is our belief that making clean, safe drinking water available to everyone, everywhere is the first, crucial step in making our world a better place.
“When spider webs unite,” goes an African proverb, “you can catch a lion.” This is the first initiative of The Real Life Superhero Project, calling on our fans and followers to come together in action. We are partnering in this venture with Generosity Water, a leader in the creation of these wells and cisterns around the world, dedicated to ending the clean water crisis in developing countries, one community at a time. Through innovative awareness campaigns, strategic implementation and in depth accountability, over 199 projects in 17 countries around the world have come to fruition under the aegis of Generosity Water as of March 2011.
This is the time to be real. To be super. And make your donation now or start your own well at http://generosity.org. Because as another African proverb goes, “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito.”