This year, the Ohio District of Key Club International will be assisting the Thirst Project in ending the global water crisis by building a clean water drinking well in Swaziland.
Over 600 million people go each day without having access to safe, clean water. Waterborne diseases kill more children every single year than AIDS, Malaria, and all world violence combined. By providing a community with safe drinking water, disease rates can drop by up to 88% and Child mortality rates can drop up to 90%- overnight!
Swaziland has the single-highest-density population of HIV/AIDS in the world. For a person with HIV/AIDS, even with access to medical treatment or medications, drinking dirty water from contaminated sources, diseases in the water will actually kill one faster than AIDS itself.
Women and children spend on average 6 to 8 hours each day walking an average distance of 3.75 miles to fetch water. This time could be used to provide children with an education, or allow women to get jobs and support their families financially.
Your clubs can help by visiting our Fundraising Page or our Sister Fundraiser, Keys for Change, created by Ltg. Amily ZhouWang of Division 5.
Or, your club can start their own fundraiser! Navigate to Resources and then select “For Clubs” to get started.