WATER PROJECT INITIATIVE
The Priory of St. James has recently committed itself to a special, long-term humanitarian project in support of providing safe drinking water in Third World and Developing nations. Dysentery and amoebal disease are the second largest killers of children in the Third World. Yet, it is a simple and inexpensive disease to cure. The cause is always the same - dirty, contaminated water. Half of all hospital beds in the world are occupied by someone suffering from a water-related illness. In the developing nations, 80% of all diseases stem from consumption of and exposure to unsafe water. Contaminated water is deadlier than any other evil on earth; deadlier than AIDS; deadlier than cancer, deadlier than contagious diseases; deadlier even than World Wars. During the Second World War, one soldier died every 5 seconds. Today, one human being dies every 3.5 seconds from drinking contaminated water.
For these reasons, it has been decided that the Priory of St. James would adopt a clean water program as its international charitable focus. Central and South America appear to provide the greatest chances for early success, and opportunities are being explored there. One such charity, Living Water, is headquartered in Toronto and Halliburton, has a record of success and are wonderful people. There is also the opportunity for Knights and Dames to actually join them on their drilling expeditions and participate. Watch for updates and additional reports soon.
Water Resource Links:
Resource Development International
Proposal to Deliver Water and Sanitation Products to Support the Tonle Sap Environmental Management Project - Cambodia
Cambodia CF Project
Possible project in Cambodia at Ou Runtesbanh
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Water for Life
Water is crucial for sustainable development, including the preservation of our natural environment and the alleviation of poverty and hunger. Water is indispensable for human health and well-being. The United Nations General Assembly, in December 2003, proclaimed the years 2005 to 2015 as the International Decade for Action 'Water for Life'.
In 2003, UN-Water was endorsed as the new official United Nations mechanism for follow-up of the water-related decisions reached at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development and the Millennium Development Goals. It will support Member States in their efforts to achieve water and sanitation goals and targets.
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Water Research Network
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