319 million Sub-Saharan Africans are without access to improved reliable drinking water systems.
Nearly one out of five deaths under the age of five world wide is due to water-related disease.
The United Nations estimates that the Sub-Saharan Africa alone loses 40 billion hours per year collecting water.
About 102 million of the 159 million people still use surface water live in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Girls under the age of 15 are twice as likely as boys to be the family member responsible for fetching water.
Did you know that over 6 million people in Ghana (about 22% of the population) rely on surface water to meet their daily needs. People bathe, do laundry, cook and drink this water. This is the same water hole that animals drink, wade in and use to go to the bathroom in. This leaves the Ghanaian people vulnerable to water-related illness and disease. The new wells and cisterns are so important in these villages.
In addition, most girls and woman must walk an average of 3.1 miles to walk to get water. This takes the girls out of school. Having access to clean water in a village enables the young women to have the time to go to school and get an education. This will hopefully help them to break out of the cycle of poverty in their village. This mission to Ghana helps over 3000-6000 individuals to receive clean drinking water!
84% of the people don’t have access to improved water, live in rural areas.
Depending on the size of the village, and if there are villages close by to the well location, an average of 3,000-6000 individuals are helped with clean drinking water with a new well (borehole).
The storages cisterns that are built by the mission are to harvest rain water, and help the villagers get through the dry season.
An average cistern is sized at 30,000L will help 1,000 to 2,500 villagers with clean water during the dry season.
The 10,000L cistern will help 500-1000 villages with clean drinking water during the dry season.
The Pedaling for Progress Mission team started a pump repair program where they repair broken pumps on active wells to help bring an immediate impact. These small villages do not have the means or the know how to repair these pumps. Each pump will help between 1, 000 – 5,000+ people.