There is a moment in time and an opportunity in our generation to do something world-wide that has never been done before. What has been impossible for thousands of years is now a possibility – the possibility of nearly every person on the planet having access to clean water. Since the dawn of humanity, people have been searching for, digging, and fetching water. The fluid which is vital to life and universally sought after has often been out of reach for hundreds of millions of people, polluted for hundreds of millions of others, yet desired by everyone.

In the past 20 years alone, unclean water or lack of access to clean water has prematurely taken the lives of over 60,000,000 people from our planet, most of them children. Water borne diseases stemming from unclean water has historically been one of the greatest killers in the world, yet the solution is clear and simple.

Beneath the feet of everyone is clean water, but many don’t know how to access it. Right now, there are hundreds of humanitarian organizations like Hydrating Humanity, along with government programs that have been tackling the water borne disease crisis, providing clean water through deep water wells and great strides have been made. In 2002 there were 1.2 billion people lacking access to clean water around the world. Today, this number has been nearly halved, and only 680 million people are thirsty.

Within the next 20 years, Hydrating Humanity, along with the many others engaged in this effort, plan to eradicate the great killer called “water borne disease” by reaching every community with clean water. This large goal is in reach, and the killer can be pushed off of our great planet. In our life-time, what was once the greatest killer in the world can disappear. Our teams in East Africa are working toward this goal and our plan is to continue until every person enjoys the clean water that we enjoy daily.

Matt Peterson
Founder of Hydrating Humanity