Join Our ACT 4 Water Campaign
Billions of people around the globe lack access to safe, clean water, including almost 800 million people without basic drinking water.
CMMB, CMMB x Hunter, Thirst Project, and AMSA (American Medical Student Association) at CUNY School of Medicine are working together to spread awareness about the global water crisis and to support communities in need of clean, drinking water.
ACT 4 Water is a campaign dedicated to highlighting the hardships these communities endure, just for a sip of clean water. To support those in need of clean water, take on the challenge and donate now to support the most vulnerable communities. Walk 5km. Challenge 5 friends. Donate $5.
Join us at the ACT 4 Water Closing Ceremony on World Water Day, March 22nd at 5:30PM to learn more about the global water crisis. Click here to RSVP!
About Thirst Project
Thirst Project is a nonprofit organization that works with the support of young people to END the global water crisis by building freshwater wells in developing communities that need safe, clean drinking water. Why Water? Health and Sanitation: Waterborne diseases kill more children every single year than HIV, Malaria, and all world violence combined. Small children typically do not have strong enough immune systems to fight diseases like cholera, dysentery, or schistosomiasis.
Why Students? We believe that students are THE most powerful agents for social change in the world! No other group activates like students do. Since we began educating our peers about the global water crisis in 2008, the response and initiative of students to take action on this issue has been AMAZING! We know that STUDENTS will change the world!VISIT THIRST PROJECT WEBSITE
The Power of Water
1 in 3 people globally do not have access to safe, clean drinking water.
2.2 billion people lack safely managed drinking water, including 785 million without basic drinking water. 4.2 billion people do not have safely managed sanitation services. 3 billion people do not have basic hand washing facilities.
144 million people depend on contaminated surface water that is usually unsafe, causing diarrhea and transmitting diseases such as cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio. Unsafe water kills over 2,000 children every day—more than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined—almost all of which are preventable.
To obtain water, women and children are compelled to walk for, on average, 3.75 miles, carrying heavy gallons of water back to their communities. Consequently, women cannot find jobs or support their families, sacrificing valuable time to travel long distances for water. Children also spend 6-8 hours walking for water, time that should be spent in school to receive a proper education.
For the children who are able to attend school, millions go to school everyday in unsafe learning environments, with no drinking water. If schools do not have proper cleaning and sanitation facilities, girls are often forced to miss classes when they are on their period.
CMMB and Thirst Project work with communities to improve access to clean, safe water for drinking, hygiene, and sanitation.
• WASH education
• Water source construction, maintenance, and repair
• Water treatment products
• Latrine construction, including at schools to support education for girls
• Development of safe water sources, indoor plumbing, and waste management at local health facilities
• Construction of hand washing stations, wells, water storage tanks, and rainwater collection systems
In 2020, CMMB increased access to safe water for over 260,000 people. With the support of partners like P&G, CMMB has reached over 40,000 households worldwide.
Thirst Project’s Approach
• WASH programs
• Construction of hand pump freshwater wells, water filters, sanitation facilities, like latrine construction, spring protection systems, and rainwater catchment systems
With your help, we are able to see improvements in the overall quality of life for people across the globe in serious need of clean drinking water.
Improvement of Health Outcomes
• Safe water can reduce water-related deaths by up to 21% and decrease the incidence of deadly waterborne diseases (Thirst Project)
• Proper handwashing will prevent spread of diseases & reduce water-related deaths by up to 35% (Thirst Project)
• By eliminating open defecation practices with installation of sanitation facilities, it can reduce water-related deaths by up to 37.5% (Thirst Project)
Financial Stability & Community Participation
• With increased access to water, more people can spend less time and effort physically collecting water, so they can become productive members of their societies and strengthen their communities
• Access to clean water provides more economic opportunities for women to financially support their families
• Families can also spend less on healthcare, as people are less likely to become sick and incur medical costs from water-related illness—especially children
• Improved access to clean water and sanitation is shown to improve economic growth and can greatly reduce poverty
• If freshwater is available nearby, it can be used to grow crops and domesticate animals
• If communities have access to clean water, it reduces the amount of time that children spend walking to collect water each day, thus giving them more time to go to school.
• When schools have safe water and clean sanitation facilities, learning outcomes improve and attendance rates increase, especially for young girls.
Walk 5km. Challenge 5 friends. Donate $5. Join the ACT 4 Water campaign and support communities in dire need of safe, drinking water. Your contribution will bring us one step closer in ending the global water crisis. Although the challenge includes donating $5, you may give any amount!