“if you knew…” is focused on providing access to clean water to the Southern African nation of Zambia.
The $5 million raised through the campaign will bring clean water by drilling deep water wells and provide on-site education in villages to help ensure sustainability and long-term success.
In June 2011, two members of the “if you knew…” team traveled to the villages in Zambia that are being served through this project in order to experience the need first hand. To see a photo journal of their journey, go to if you knew... blog.
- Less than 50 percent of the rural population of Zambia has access to clean water. source: United Nations]
- Nearly 12 percent of children in Zambia die before age 5, with water and sanitation-related diseases being a major cause of their death.
- In many communities, clean water is not accessible because it lies hundreds of feet below layers of hard rock, forcing women and children to hike for miles all day, every day, to fetch water that is often dirty and disease-ridden.
- Access to clean water not only saves lives but also saves time and effort spent by women and children fetching water, allowing them to stay in school or focus on more productive work.
- When drilling teams strike water, entire villages erupt in celebration because a deep well fitted with a hand pump can provide up to 2,800 gallons of safe water a day to benefit as many as 300 people.
- World Vision's 2011-2016 water goal in Zambia is to provide households within its Area Development Projects access to four gallons of clean water per day, per person, within a 30-minute round-trip walk from home.
- It takes only $50 to provide one person with safe water for a lifetime. [source: World Vision]
- The “if you knew…” project will help save approximately 100,000 children.