Did you know that somewhere in the world a child dies every 8 seconds because of diseases related to contaminated drinking water? Perhaps what is even more heart wrenching is that it is avoidable.
In many developing countries, particularly in Asia, drinking water is caught in rainwater jars or taken directly from the ground. Untreated, this water is contaminated with bacteria, organisms, and chemicals that run through the human digestive system, often resulting in death. Simply put, children and their families die from what they are ingesting in untreated water.
When we discovered these facts, the New Dream Foundation knew that we needed to take immediate action. As an organization that recognizes we are a global spiritual community with a desire to help our little brothers and sisters, we created a Pure Water Project. With the help of Tanager Foundation, that alerted us to the crisis, and World Health Alliance International’s organic water purification solution, we have created a safe and cost-effective response to the problem.
Commonly, chlorine is given to people in developing countries and in disaster areas to purifying their water. However, we have heard reports from colleagues about children spitting out the purified water because it tasted so bad, and brothers and sisters in Africa whose feet are bleaching because of exposure to purified water that gets on the ground. In one extreme case, it was reported to us that chlorine capsules were given to people to put into their water supplies for purification, but several individuals did not understand and actually swallowed the capsules. Chlorine is not the best answer, though it has been commonly accepted as the solution.
There is an alternative. Colloidal silver is an organic solution for safe water purification. Approved by the FDA in 1938, it has since then been rigorously tested and has consistently been proven effective in water purification. It eliminates harmful bacteria, and according to children-it tastes good.
There are many programs offering water purification technology to people in need. However, there are three missing components in most programs today: 1) adequate education 2) community involvement, and 3) data collection. Further, women may very well be one of the best resources for advocating and implementing water purification solutions. According to the United Nations Development Fund for Women, UNIFEM, “…in most developing countries, women are responsible for water management at the domestic and community level.”
New Dream Foundation has acquired help from a schoolteacher and a former nurse to design and oversee an education program where local women are to be trained as pure water health ambassadors. Ambassadors will teach village women in their homes how to use: 1) colloidal silver drops properly and 2) good hygiene practices to reduce exposure to water-borne diseases. Women can then teach these techniques to their children and family members.
It is the New Dream’s intention to launch a pilot project in India. During the project, data will be collected so that the positive effects of this program can be demonstrated for greater funding and more widespread application. Through data collection, education, and the community involvement of women, we effectively bring life saving technology into villages in Asia. There is a solution and it is time to act before one more child dies when it could be prevented.
The New Dream Foundation is currently seeking a volunteer program developer to grab this program and run with it! If you are someone wanting to be of meaningful service in the world, has skills in program development and acquiring funding, and wants to make a big difference in the lives of people in need, contact us. We have a program waiting for you.
(The Foundation is also looking for a physician in India who would like to become involved with the program.)
For more information visit: http://www.newdreamfoundation.com/service-projects.htm
If you are interested in helping out in any way, contact us at HelpingHands@NewDreamFoundation.com