£3,000: In areas where a safe, underground water source is not accessible, we cannot install wells and pumps. Distributing water by tanker trucks is the only solution. The yearly cost of distributing clean drinking water to 10 families in Gaza, costs £3,000.
£16,500: In areas where there is an abundance of water, but it isn’t clean or safe to drink, MGR builds distillation plants. The cost of building a small distillation plant in Gaza is £17,000. In the Philippines it’s £16,500. A large distillation plant costs between £33,000 – £35,000.
The Water Crisis
Every minute, a child dies from diseases caused by contaminated drinking water. But the water crisis doesn’t just claim lives. It also causes poor health and perpetuates poverty.
Poor health means people of limited means are forced to spend money they haven’t enough of, on treatment and medicine. This is money that could otherwise be spent on food; school books; tools and materials that can generate income. Poor health also affects productivity, so that people who could be working to earn a living, are unable.
In Africa alone, over 332 million people have no safe water. To acquire it, they spend hours every day walking long distances. The time they spend searching for water is time that could be spent at school; at work or at home, caring for children.