“When the well's dry, we know the worth of water,” wrote Benjamin Franklin in his Poor Richard’s Almanac.
People living in rural communities in the developing world know the hard truth of this aphorism because they often cannot access enough water, or because the water they consume is of poor quality, causing life-threatening disease. Inadequate access to safe drinking water threatens the well-being of more than 1 billion people around the world, and more than twice that number have no adequate sanitation.
Helping communities to access to adequate clean water is an essential component in Lutheran World Relief’s work with farmers, as well as our response to emergencies and disasters. Our climate smart agriculture approach promotes water conservation and effective watershed management to create healthier landscapes that are more resistant to droughts and floods.
“Ensuring that communities have stable sources of water is critical to their long-term resilience,” says Femia T. Baldeo, Lutheran World Relief’s country director for the Philippines.