Clean water for Bali Orphanage
Roxie and I have decided to take a 10 day journey to Bali in April. While taking part in what we are sure will be a life changing event we also wanted to give back to the Bali Community. Please help support our efforts to help make a positive change in the lives of some beautiful children. We will be donating water filtration systems with the help of Waves for Water. www.wavesforwater.org
Roxie and Julie
Here is information obtained from the UNICEF Indonesia page. (https://www.unicef.org/indonesia/wes.html)
Every year around 150,000 children die in Indonesia before they can celebrate their fifth birthday, in most cases from preventable causes linked to diarrhea and pneumonia.
Over 50 million Indonesians don’t use toilets, which is the second highest number of any country in the world (India is the largest). Open defecation leaves excreta where flies or playing children can carry it into the household and it also can lead to contamination of drinking water with fecal matter.
Around 88 per cent of deaths caused by diarrhea are linked to incomplete water, sanitation and hygiene provision.
Diarrhea rates are higher by 66 per cent in young children from families practicing open defecation in rivers or streams than those in households with a private toilet facility and septic tank. Children in households practicing unsafe disposal of child feces are 19 per cent more likely to have diarrhea.
On average, 20 per cent of Indonesians defecate in the open. However, in rural areas this is as high as 29 per cent compared to 13 percent in urban areas.
Approximately 1 in 8 Indonesian households do not have access to safe drinking water sources and in rural areas access to piped water is still below 10 per cent. A joint Government and UNICEF survey in Yogya Province in 2015 showed huge water quality problems with 2 out of 3 drinking water samples contaminated with fecal bacteria.
Contaminated water has been shown to have a detrimental impact on children’s long-term health, nutritional and educational outcomes. Approximately 9 million Indonesian children are stunted (short for their age). Stunting odds are 1.4 times greater without improved sanitation.
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