After traveling with him in Haiti and appearing last week alongside him on WBEZ's "Worldview," I am proud to call Mike Mantel a friend. He currently serves as the President and CEO of Living Water International, a global implementer of water solutions in 24 developing countries.
In the above clip, Mike explains the "multiplier effect" of bringing in clean water to community which has none. Water, he says, positively impacts health, education and economics in drastic fashion.
1) Health: According to the U.N. Development Programme, 1.8 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unlcean water and poor sanitation. This amounts to around five thousand deaths a day.
2) Education: According to the U.N. Development Programme, 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related diseases. The Department for International Development reports that 11% more girls attend school when sanitation is available.
3) Economy: The Department for International Development reports that households in rural Africa spend an average of 26% of their time fetching water, and it is generally women who are burdened with the task. Each year in Africa, 40 billion working hours are spend carrying water.
Are you ready to have a "multiplier effect" in the third world? Living Water International is aiming to build a water well like the one you saw on WGN News in Haiti based solely on the generosity of Chicago donors. It will be called the "Chicago Well." To make a difference, no matter how big or small, head to water.cc/chicago This means you!