Every 15 seconds, a child dies due to lack of sanitary water. That amounts to 1.8 million children annually, and according to the World Health Organization, 800 million people worldwide do not have access to basic sanitation and potable water. Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses.
90% of the 30,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are of children under five years old. Many of these diseases are preventable. The UN predicts that a significant portion of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply and sanitation.
Waterfull was founded in 2012 with the desire to end the unnecessary death and suffering from those in need of water. We dig wells to reach groundwater and underground aquifers in areas where residents do not presently have access to potable water; however, we do much more than that. Using the Access 1.2 technology, we provide the local population the chance at a career by instructing them in the well-construction trade and providing them the tools to dig water wells themselves.
"I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain." John Adams
We find great inspiration in this quote. Our second president understood that a society is bettered over time, each generation benefiting from the labors of the previous one. By teaching interested individuals in the 3rd world how to dig wells, we're providing an opportunity for them to better themselves. It's not glamorous by any means: well drilling and construction using hand-powered methods is an arduous, labor-intensive job; however, it may be the first opportunity at skilled labor these men and women have. With hard work and persistence, perhaps they can prosper enough to, for the first time, send their children to school. And perhaps they, or their children, can go to college - and one day, their children will be raised in a prosperous society that has the benefits that we as Americans take for granted.
We at Waterfull are committed to changing the world. Sure, we dig wells to provide people the necessary, life-sustaining water they require; however, we're not content to stop there. We will fight global poverty by providing economic opportunities while we fight the water crisis; because ultimately, we are not about giving handouts - we're about providing a hand-up.
Waterfull is a recognized 501(c)(3) public charity. Our tax ID number is 45-4835686.