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Each morning, somewhere in India or Zambia or Timor-Leste, a young girl picks up an earthenware jug, tin bucket or jerrican and walks the 30 minutes — or an hour or two — to the local water source. When she arrives at the streambed, she sees the usual flurry of activity: animals drinking and wading, people bathing, others relieving themselves. She collects the day’s water, chats with a neighbor who is soaking laundry and then returns home.
The water that she innocently brings back will cause a fever that sickens her parents, brothers and little sisters.
In developing countries, illnesses like cholera, dysentery, polio and myriad others are a daily threat — especially for children. Every 20 seconds, a child dies from waterborne disease. Diarrhea alone kills more than 1.4 million children a year.
ChildFund has created a simple way for our supporters to target their generosity toward reducing that number. We call this monthly giving opportunity Essentials for Survival. It’s dedicated to providing children who live in extreme poverty access to the most basic needs: water, food and health care.
Supporters who choose this option — at $15, $20 or $25 monthly — can know that their generosity combines to provide children with life-sustaining water, food that will allow them to grow and develop and learn, and basic health care that ensures that they thrive. These essentials will make it possible for them to become the young adults and parents who will bring lasting change to their communities.
Without clean water, food and health care, a child’s potential is lost. Essentials for Survival opens an easy way to make a difference.