• Heather Taylor

Safe water

My drinking water comes out of a small clear tube that leads to the Katadyn PowerSurvivor-40E watermaker. This compact machine sucks in seawater from the bottom of the boat and slowly spurts out clean fresh water at 5L/hr. If the power goes I can convert it to pump manual and if it stops working all together, I’ve got a back-up manual pumping one I can use. While quite labour intensive and it would replace a couple of hours of rowing a day, I’ve got options at least.

I don't think it's until you're in a situation where you don't have access to clean water that your brain starting whirling, suddenly trying to solve one of life's most critical needs. Even if you’re lost on land and happen upon a river or lake, you’re still stuck with the issue of not knowing whether you’ll get sick drinking it.

This thought process is a daily occurrence in Pakistan where nearly half of the country’s children are at risk of dying before their fifth birthday, largely from water-borne diseases.

TEAR's local partner Sahara Community Health Association (SaCHA) has a vision to eliminate water-borne diseases. SaCHA has rallied 24 village-based Water Groups – representing nearly 900 households – to understand and address the most pressing water and sanitation.

As part of a Water Group workshop, these women have learned how to use alum to treat drinking water. Now, the water they gather for their families can be easily and effectively filtered, reducing the likelihood of disease. With simple solutions in their hands, these women are seeing their children enjoy better health and brighter futures.

This year, TEAR and EI hope to see more than 10,000 people enjoying improved access to safe water through their partners. Your support will bring the gift of safe and reliable water to vulnerable communities. Head to the home page and click on the flag that matches you best to donate.