- According to the World Health Organization, more than 1 billion people lack access to clean water. Without clean water, many are stricken with diseases including cholera, diarrhea and typhoid. In 2002, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began an initiative to improve the health of communities by providing access to clean water sources.
- Water sources depend on the area and needs of the communities, but may include wells, water storage, delivery systems or water purification systems.
- Community members are involved in the planning and implementation of each project and provide most of the labor for the project. Community representatives are then trained on the maintenance of the system installed.
- In 2006, clean water projects were conducted in 32 countries benefiting over 1.1 million people in over 1,000 communities. Countries include Algeria, Armenia, Cambodia, China, Chuuk, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Liberia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Samoa, Tanzania, Tonga, Uganda, Vanuatu and Vietnam.
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