The world's water crisis is very real with 884 million people not having access to clean drinking water. Every day the number of people dying from diseases related to water is equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every four hours.
What developing countries are lacking are the resources to implement equipment to make water sanitary and safe. This is why HRF works in multiple countries and provides the local community with the resources to live better lives.
What is more, through our breadth of experience working in fragile states, we at HRF, have witnessed first hand how floods, droughts and water pollution, all of which impact on the quality and quantity of water, exacerbate the devastating impact of conflict. In regions of Iraq, for example, the frequency and extremity of droughts are forecast to increase. This will increase water scarcity, while the high demand for water, in part due to the large numbers of displaced persons and refugees, will likely subject Iraq’s water resources to extreme and increasing stress.
Rebuilding damaged ecosystems
Damaged ecosystems affect the quantity and quality of water available for human consumption. Through its partnership with Lemon Tree Trust, HRF is helping to rebuild ecosystems in Domiz refugee camp, Iraq. The project combines greening innovation, which makes living spaces ecologically resilient and sustainable, with urban agriculture practices and involves a range of activities including tree planting.
Increasing access to water
HRF builds quality waterpumps and water wells, which helps the local beneficiaries gain access to clean water. The water supplies in their local vicinity also mean families can grow crops in their locality and sustain themselves.
This is why HRF has been actively rebuilding damaged ecosystems by digging for water in the city of Mosul, much of which has been destroyed due to the conflict. This water has helped families drink, clean, and sustain themselves.