JGI Celebrates World Water Day
Water is one of the world’s most important natural resources. As such, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is providing local people access to clean water by renovating contaminated water supplies, constructing wells, protecting natural springs, improving sanitation, and preserving valuable forest watersheds.
In the last few years, JGI has provided more than 60,000 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Tanzania with access to clean water. In addition, by conserving forests, which store and filter water, JGI is protecting major natural water systems across sub-Saharan Africa.
JGI’s Water and Sanitation Projects Are:
Consumption of water from contaminated water sources frequently leads to disease. According to Dr. Charles Kakuru, DRC provincial health zone head, before JGI began its clean water project in Kumbwa, most of the diseases, such as diarrhea, typhoid and amoebic dysentery, were linked to lack of clean water in the rural DRC village.
In rural areas, agriculture is the predominant way for people to make a living, but crops cannot grow and livestock cannot thrive when there is a lack of water, leading to a decrease in family incomes. JGI is providing farmers with information on improved agricultural practices that increase water retention in the soil and reduce water run-off.
Increasing Classroom Attendance & Giving Women More Time
Children need clean water to be healthy enough to attend school and stay focused. In addition, without a nearby source of clean water, women must walk long distances to collect water, spending valuable time that could otherwise be spent in the classroom, earning a living or caring for families. To address the issue, JGI has constructed rain harvesting tanks and deep wells, as well as improved spring protection, for schools and communities.
Water is a critical component in JGI’s conservation equation. Through the support of contributors and partners like you, JGI continues to enhance and expand our clean water and sanitation programs. Thank you and happy World Water Day!