March 11, 2020

On today's show we talk with Amy Churchill, the Director of Operations at the nonprofit Just One Africa.

Freshwater makes up a very small fraction of all water on the planet. While nearly 70 percent of the world is covered by water, only 2.5 percent of it is fresh. The rest is saline and ocean-based. Even then, just 1 percent of our freshwater is easily accessible, with much of it trapped in glaciers and snowfields. In essence, only 0.007 percent of the planet's water is available to fuel and feed its 7.53 billion people.

Wherever they are, people need water to survive.  Globally, unsafe water kills more people every year than violence, including war. Children are the worst affected because they don’t have the resilience to fight water borne illness.

Education is critical for breaking the cycle of poverty and yet over half of the world's schools lack access to safe water and sanitation facilities. For girls, the situation is especially troublesome. If schools do not have proper toilets, girls drop out once they reach puberty. 

And this brings us to today’s highlighted nonprofit, Just One Africa….

Just One Africa cares for orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya by providing access to clean water and by partnering with local leaders to provide sustainable solutions which create hope through care, education, and community development. @JustOneAfrica

Kenya is slightly smaller than the state of Texas and yet it is brimming with 44 million people with no consistent access to clean, safe water.  Just One Africa Our provides filters designed after the technology used in kidney dialysis.  The gravity-operated filter and fast flow rate mean that anyone anywhere can have clean water in a matter of seconds. The filter is provided with everything they need to turn any water source into clean, safe drinking water for their families.

Their programs are carried out through partnerships they have developed with local leaders in the community.

Bev had the opportunity to sit down with Amy Churchill, the Director of Operations at Just One Africa.