• Water-related diseases is the single largest killer of infants in developing countries
• 1.8 million children die each year from diarrhea, which is 4,900 per day
• The average American uses 180 gallons of water each day to cook, clean and drink. The average African person struggles to find 5 gallons of water each day.
• Only 49% of Sierra Leone’s population has access to an improved drinking water source and only 26% of those in the rural areas.
• Nearly half of people in developing countries suffer from water-related diseases
• On average, women in rural Africa spend 26% of their time each day collecting water, often walking more than five miles each way to the nearest water source, which prevents many of them from working or attending school and puts them at greater risk for sexual harassment and assault
Sierra Leone is among the world’s poorest countries. Poverty is widespread with more than 70% of the population living below the poverty line and the country ranks last in the Human Development Index.
The Bridge is partnering with other organizations to install wells, repair wells and provide hygiene training. Help us provide clean water to our villages!
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