Water Changes Everything: Valentina’s Story
We all have heard or read somewhere that access to clean water is a basic human right. But do you know what that actually means? It’s ok if you don’t. To be totally honest with you, our team was having the same discussion just a few weeks ago – and we work with clean water. We want to put an end to the global water crisis. We work hard to provide clean drinking water to as many people as we can in African countries such as Ghana, Malawi, and Namibia. And we were still looking for an easy, jargon-free answer to the question “why is clean water a human right”?
Well, first, because the United Nation says so. In 2010, the UN officially recognized that it’s impossible for people to achieve all of their rights set forth on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights if they don’t have access to clean water and sanitation. And the good news? Millions of people have gotten access to clean water since then! Probably because there’s a lot of good people, organizations, and governments working together to make it happen.
But clean water as a human right transcends policies or laws. It’s a natural resource that belongs to all of us as citizens of the world. Since clean water is the essential source that enables basic health, dignity, and economic advancement, every single person is entitled to it, no matter what. Everyone. Despite their nationality, place of residence, gender, race, ethnicity, color, language, religion, or political affiliation. Clean water changes a person’s destiny forever. It changes everything.
Stories From the Field: Meet Valentina
At 67, Valentina is a mother to 8 children and a grandmother to many more. In a village with no clean water source afflicted by water-borne diseases, 6 of her children didn’t finish school as they were too ill to go. When we met her, she told us that malaria was a huge problem in her community. Since there were many open wells in the village, mosquitoes were breeding quickly in the still, dirty water and spreading the disease around.
Since the GiveMeTap Elephant Pump was built in Valentina’s village, there have been ZERO cases of malaria. Water-borne diseases have been significantly reduced in the community and the quality of life for people in the community has skyrocketed.
Valentina’s grandchildren can now go to school more regularly without risks, which is very important to her. By attending school, her grandchildren will have the opportunities her own children never had. She believes that education is the key to development on a local and regional scale.
Clean water is Valentina’s rights. It was her family’s, friends’ and community’s rights. Since clean water arrived in their community, their lives have changed in many more ways than we will ever be able to quantify. Seeing first hand the impacts of GiveMeTap bottles is a very surreal experience. We don’t just improve communities, each individual life is touched in such a significant way.
GiveMeTap is a social startup working to give every human being access to clean water. We sell BPA-free bottles, and each bottle sold gives 5 years of clean water to a person in Africa. We also have partnerships with restaurants and cafes, where GiveMeTap customers can refill their water bottles at no charge.
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