OUR APPROACH & PROJECTS
Imagine what H4O can offer- a chance for you to help change the world…
When youth are engaged in the world, they get the chance to care for others, which creates a culture of service selflessness.
Youth who volunteer are more likely to do well in school, graduate, vote, and be philanthropic as adults.
Almost 78% of youth who volunteer report volunteering is important because it allows them to gain a new perspective of the world around them.
Volunteering can teach youth how to network and make a list of important contacts, connect with their community, foster leadership, and make a difference.
Young people who volunteer are more likely to become active citizens, engaged in civic activity as youths and later as adults.
JUST HOW BAD IS IT?
663 million live without access to clean and safe water.
Availability of clean water is one of the biggest crises the world faces, and more
people die from waterborne illnesses every year than die from guns and war.
Giving those in need access to clean and safe water changes
everything for millions around the world.
WOMEN & CHILDREN
Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection. In Africa alone, they may collectively spend up to 40 billion hours every year walking for water, usually in unsafe environments, which make them vulnerable to sexual assault and accidents. Time spent walking and the resulting diseases keep them from school, work and taking care of their families.
Safe water is the first step in breaking the poverty cycle. In fact, every $1 invested in improved water supply and sanitation can yield $4 to $12 for the local economy, depending on the type of project.
HEALTH & SANITATION
Sanitation is virtually non-existent for more than 2.5 billion people – 38% of the world’s population. Due to overpopulation and lack of education, people relieve themselves in open places and rivers, often contaminating their sole drinking water source. The devastating lack of sanitation perpetuates the endless cycle of waterborne disease, sickness and death. Lack of adequate sanitation is yet another inhibitor for the developing world, stripping people of their dignity and ability to lead productive lives.
We work with multiple best in class partners to install sustainable water filtrations systems for communities in need. To date, we have brought clean and safe water to more than 215,000 people in 15 countries.
Oftentimes, water wells become re-contaminated in a matter of 2-3 years, leaving the community in its original state of poverty. Because of this, we partner with engineers that install sustainable water filtrations systems that provide clean water for more than a decade.
We have the highest standards when it comes to clean and safe water. We believe that the people we serve deserve water that is just as clean as the water we drink. We follow a patented four-stage treatment that is in line with WHO guidelines in order to ensure that the system is not simply an “improved” source of water that could still make them sick.
We don’t quit at water. The health of an individual community equally relies on awareness and the practice of healthy water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) behaviors. Because of this, we teach community leaders how to operate and maintain our sustainable water filtration systems, how to maintain basic sanitation practices like how and when to wash hands, and how to prevent open defecation by using proper sanitation facilities.