Lack of safe drinking water is a global health crisis. Each year, 443 million school days are lost due to water-related illness which keeps students from attending school. Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness, and more than 783 million people do not have access to an improved water source. Hundreds of millions more use municipal water systems that are poorly maintained and deliver contaminated water.
One effective way to help water-stressed communities is to donate and distribute Life Straw Personal water purifiers. These unique handheld devices are produced by the Swiss-based company Vestergaard Frandsen.
LifeStraw technology was originally introduced in 2005 as an emergency response tool to purify water often contaminated following natural disasters. Currently, Vestergaard is supporting its international humanitarian partners responding to the devastation of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and the company is donating LifeStraw filters to 16,000 families displaced by the typhoon.
All LifeStraw products are made of durable plastic, and don’t require electrical power, batteries or replacement parts. They all use advanced hollow fiber technology, a highly efficient method of filtration which requires no chemicals such as chlorine or iodine.
For each Life Straw water filter purchased, For 9.99 $ one school child in Africa will receive clean drinking water for an entire school year. “With this ongoing commitment, consumer purchases will continually support Vestergaard’s core business of producing and deploying products that improve the lives of the most vulnerable people! The company that manufactures LifeStraw . A study published in Tropical Medicine and International Health found that a comprehensive program to improve school water can reduce diarrheal illness by nearly 50 percent.
The Life Straw is a powerful and practical tool, especially for children in rural Africa who are often responsible for walking long distances with sheep, cattle and goats for grazing. With the Life Straw, dirty water is purified into a safe drink as they suck water through the straw