Clean Drinking Water
TCPI Works to Quench India’s Thirst
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Omar Tungekar
Phone: +1 512-651-3742 ext. 706
Austin, TX—January 25, 2012— Nearly 1 billion people worldwide suffer a lack of access to clean water. Boasting the second largest population in the world, India suffers acutely from the effects of water insecurity, which is why The Children’s Project International (TCPI) has undertaken an initiative to address a critically unmet need for the more than 100 million Indians without safe drinking water through its Water, Sanitation, and Health (WASH) program. Today, TCPI annouced the construction of six bore wells to provide clean drinking water to over 3000 villagers in rural Andhra Pradesh.
“Clean water is such a basic resource, many people have come to take it for granted,” explained Raj Luhar, CEO of The Children’s Project International, an Austin, TX-based non-governmental organization. “But in India, where 30% of urban and 90% of rural households depend on untreated surface water, the shortage of clean water is a serious limit on development and a vector for otherwise preventable diseases and, in the worst cases, child mortality.” The World Bank reports that approximately 21% of communicable diseases in India are related to unsafe drinking water with diarrhea-related illnesses killing an estimated 1,600 Indians each day. One Indian medical association estimates that of global diarrhea-related deaths of children under 5, a full 25% are Indian children.
“With statistics like these, it is critically important that we start the urgent work now to build the infrastructure to halt these preventable deaths today and provide a framework for the world community to meet its commitments to the Millennium Development Goals,” Mr. Luhar said, referring to the MDGs agreed to by all 193 United Nations member states along with international non-governmental organizations to eradicate extreme poverty, reduce child mortality rates, fight epidemic disease and develop a global partnership for development. Under the WASH program, TCPI announced the constrution of six bore wells to provide clean drinking water for over 3000 villagers in rural Andhra Pradesh who would otherwise have no local access to safe water. Plans are already underway to replicate the WASH program on a larger scale in advance of the 2015 MDG deadline to address a critically unmet need in other areas of India.
“TCPI programs achieve international success because we tailor our interventions to the individual needs of each community,” Mr. Luhar said in reference to MDG partnerships addressing access to food, education and basic medical care in Latin America, India and the Horn of Africa. “And more and more we are hearing that access to safe water supplies is a seriously underappreciated sine qua non for not just disease prevention, but also economic and local development.” Under the WASH program, TCPI will continue its mission of empowering local partners to provide clean water access and improved sanitary practices as the foundation for sustainable development and achieving a better tomorrow.
About The Children’s Project International
The Children’s Project International undertakes charitable activities dedicated to improving the lives of the world’s children by providing life-sustaining goods and personally enriching tools. By leveraging the social consciousness of today’s youth, TCPI seeks to work with existing organizations which share in TCPI’s goals to provide underprivileged and disenfranchised children with material relief and the belief in a better tomorrow. TCPI is led by a Board of Directors of outstanding national figures representing all sectors of the globe.
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