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AGTS News: Board member campaigns for clean water in Africa

John Bongiorno   Doug Pitt

John Bongiorno (pictured above left), president of WorldServe International and member of the AGTS Board of Directors, presented the need for clean water in Africa in AGTS chapel services, September 19-21, 2007. Doug Pitt (pictured above right), of Springfield, aided in the presentation. Bongiorno and Pitt have organized to raise money to dig clean water supplies for rural communities in Africa through AngelAid .


"In communities throughout Africa, water does not come through a faucet. There may not even be a water well for miles around. Women and children spend as many as six to eight hours every day simply finding and carrying water. The water they do find comes from contaminated rivers and lakes. It is this lack of access to clean water which makes unsafe water the number one killer in the world today."


Photos by Doug Pitt

Statistics from AngelAid

Africa has the lowest coverage of water supply and sanitation services in the world.  This means nearly 400 million people (about 50 percent of Africa’s population) do not have access to adequate water and sanitation.  With insufficient drinking water, or water for hygiene and crop cultivation, people are frequently left facing exacerbated conditions of hunger, disease and the loss of livelihood.
Water is widely viewed as key to poverty reduction.  Improving the access of poor people to water resources and services can improve their economic conditions and reduce vulnerability.

Did you know…?

  • The world’s number one killer is unclean water.  
  • Every 8 seconds, a child dies because of unclean water.  
  • At least 80% of all sickness in the entire world is attributed to unsafe water.
  • Globally, at least 1.1 billion people are without access to improved water sources.
  • Women and children often spend 6-8 hours each day finding and carrying water for their families. Typically only dirty, disease-ridden water is available.  

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Updated: Monday, October 22, 2007 12:32 PM

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