Life without Water Vs. Life with the H2O Wheel
Water is a vital resource on our planet. It keeps us hydrated and without it we are unable to survive. In the West, having access to clean water is considered to be a basic human right. However, this is not the reality for everyone on our planet, with water access being a particular issue in Africa and Pakistan. Our aim, at Tayaba, is to improve this situation so that everyone on our planet has a healthy lifestyle and lives without being plagued with the worry of dehydration.
Water access is an increasingly problematic issue for certain parts of the world. According to WHO (the World Health Organisation) by 2006 only 59% of the world’s population had access to adequate sanitation systems. In fact, 844 million people lack even a basic drinking-water service (WHO). Due to this poor access to clean drinking water, 2 billion people on our planet are drinking from a water source that is contaminated with faeces (WHO). This is a health threat as contaminated water can transmit diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, typhoid and polio with diarrhoea causing an estimated 502,000 deaths each year. Water is vital for our survival, yet for 41% of our planet’s population, it is water that poses a danger.
In order to avoid these dangers, women in Africa and Pakistan have to, on average, travel 3.7 miles (waterfortheages.org) to access safe, clean drinking water, and carry water on their heads, which can amount to 20 litres (waterfortheages.org) of water being balanced against their body weight. This painful journey has many negative impacts on the lives of women and children who are responsible for this task.
For example, domestic water carrying can leave women with severe back and neck pain, yet, due to the average household using at least 15 litres of water per day, many women need to make multiple journeys or use methods in which they can carry multiple containers of water. This method is time-consuming, preventing women from being able to establish solid careers.
At Tayaba, we have devised the H2O Wheel in order to tackle issues associated with water access and the dangers of domestic water carrying. This apparatus is designed to make the journey easier, quicker and more efficient for women who are burdened with the grueling task of collecting water. It is a method that does not cause physical strain on the human body as women are able to pull the water rather than balance the weight on their heads. Additionally, the H2O Wheel carries up to 40 litres of water, thus reducing the number of journeys women are required to make in order to provide enough water for a household for almost three days. The travel time is halved meaning that women can dedicate part of their day working and developing careers of their own. This also allows children the time to go to school and learn, giving them the possibility of a brighter future.
Tayaba wants to make everyone’s future bright. We want to spread opportunities to women who are limited by daily responsibilities that are required of them in order to survive. Survival should not be a burden for anyone on our planet, yet this is the reality for those unfortunate enough to lack adequate sanitation systems. The H2O Wheel offers the possibility of a healthier lifestyle for women and children with the opportunity to blossom and integrate into other areas of society.
All they need is clean water. At Tayaba we are able to provide that, but only with your help…
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By Yasemin Mustafa