Video by Charity Water
Water scarcity involves water stress, water shortage or deficits, and water crisis. In Africa alone, more than 319 Million people have no access to this precious resource. The results of the water scarcity are devastating: Worldwide 1000 children die every day, because of waterborne diseases. Diseases, that can be prevented by the access to clean drinking water.
The water scarcity does not only affect health, but also education and poverty. It is quite common, that children cannot go to school because of sickness or because they need to provide water for their families.
The access to clean water can change all of that! Health increases, children have more time to go to school, parents have more time
to earn an additional income – all together it can be said, that the access to clean water builds the foundation for a more fulfilled life!
This question was the reason, why we started researching.
We wanted to know, what African experts say to the common aid model. We did not want to be the guys from Germany, with our western ideas, that tell people in Africa how to live their life. While researching, we quickly understood that the western perception of “help” is often not helpful after all. Our ideology is based on the ideas of African experts such as Dr. Dambisa Moyo, Efosa Ojomo and the musician Akon.
The support many countries and charities provide, does not lead to the desired result, as it only provides short-term solutions to the issue. An example: When donating groceries to a family, they may not be hungry today, but nothing is done about their overall situation. They will be hungry again and will need ongoing support. The result is, that beneficiaries are often more dependent on help than before. Another negative side-effect is, that the local farmer is not able to sell his food, as he cannot compete with the free food from overseas. He might go bankrupt, worsen the overall situation for local citizen.
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
We need to invest and work together with the local people and provide the tools, that people can solve the issue on their own. In other words: We need to help people, to help themselves. This is what we will do.
This is exactly what Akon does, with his initiative “Akon lighting Africa”. He supplies African communities with solar energy. The locals need to install, but also maintain the solar plants. By that, companies and jobs are created, providing opportunities for the locals. This approach is the reason for headlines such as “Akon has done more for Africans in one year then most Charities in decades”.
Harvard-Graduate Dr. Dambisa Moyo demands a total reduction of aid in her book “Dead Aid” as the current aid-model restricts growth within Africa. As we have stated before, aid is the reason for higher dependency of African citizen and countries. She demands that we invest into Africa. She demands that we build companies and infrastructure with the African people. This is exactly what we do.