World Water Day 2014
Many people have asked us "Why would you put a rainwater tank instead of a well in their village?" In many parts of Cambodia, especially along the Mekong river, the ground is saturated with natural arsenic that is toxic to humans. High amounts of Arsenic causes long term health impacts if consumed regularly at low concentrations (chronic toxicity). Ingestion of Arsenic contaminated groundwater over a long period of time causes a medical condition known as Arsenicosis. Non-cancer effects can include thickening and discoloration of the skin, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting; diarrhea; numbness in hands and feet; partial paralysis; and blindness.
Sadly, Arsenic does not have a taste or smell and many thousands of Cambodians have been and continue to drink unsuspectingly, from this unsafe source water. Arsenic has been linked to cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidney, nasal passages, liver and prostate.
So will you join us this World Water Day in helping bring clean water to 25 families in Cambodia? $800 will provide 1 family with safe drinking water. Get your friends, family, co-workers, and small group to join in on a water fast for 1 week during March, and give the money away that you would normally spend on sodas, coffees, etc to help one family have safe, drinking water. You can create your own fundraising page. Just contact Brandon Gossett at Brandon@neverthirstwater.org to begin your World Water campaign today!