According to the World Health Organization, more than one billion people lack access to clean water. Those without clean water often suffer from water-borne diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, and typhoid.
The objective of the Church’s clean water initiative is to improve the health of communities by providing access to sustainable clean water sources. Depending on local needs and circumstances, these water sources include wells (or boreholes), spring or rain capture, and delivery systems.
Since 2002, the Church has helped five million people in over 5,000 communities obtain access to clean water sources.
Clean water projects have enjoyed long-term sustainability because:
- Community representatives are trained on system maintenance prior to project completion.
- Community training is done in a way that allows participants to come up with solutions to their own problems.
- Participants are involved in planning and implementation, and labor is provided by community volunteers.
In 2009, clean water projects were done in 24 countries, including Armenia, Bolivia, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malaysia, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Philippines, Republic of Congo, Serbia, Sierra Leone, and Uganda.