Lifestraw Case Study

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“In Africa, there is a young girl named Christina. She lives with her family in a small village in rural Ghana in West Africa. Ghana is close the equator with a tropical climate, but each year over eight months may pass without a drop of rain. During these dry spells, the one small pond in her village will slowly evaporate in the hot sun. Villagers are forced to seek water elsewhere. It is Christina’s job to fetch her family’s daily ration of water. Each day, she will walk up to four hours to gather enough water. Christina is a hardworking girl, but because she walks so far for water means she has no time to attend school. Christina is a real girl, and this is a true story as told in the short film below by Water Aid.” (Waterfortheages, 1).…show more content…
A company by the name of LifeStraw is the main supplier of these products. A LifeStraw is defined as “a water filter, designed to be used by one person to filter water for drinking. It filters a maximum of 1000 litres of water, enough for one person for one year. It removes almost all of waterborne bacteria and parasites.” (LifeStraw, 1). These products are pretty easy to get your hands on, all you have to do is go to lifestraw.eartheasy.com. This website is selling these filtration systems in varying sizes, that go from personal use to community wide use. These things range in price from $19.99 to $335.95. To the left is an image of people using these LifeStraws. As you can see, the straws can go directly into the dirty water and as the person sucks up the water, the straw filters it and comes out the other end as clean, drinkable water. Depending on the size, these products can purify around 100,000 liters of water a year. This is enough water to support a water deprived community. The purification filter eliminates 99.99999% of viruses and bacteria in the water as it goes through the straw. This is a revolutionary product, the only problem is the people that are in need of these straws do not have the money or access to get them. LifeStraw has developed a program to help solve this problem. On the LifeStraw website it says “With our Follow the Liters program, for every LifeStraw product sold, a child in a developing country…show more content…
If both these products were available to the people in need death rates would decrease and more opportunities for developing countries will open up. Water is an essential part of everyday life, people should not be deprived of it due to where they live or their income levels. Clean water is essential to decreasing poverty, hunger, and illiteracy rates of developing countries. Do your part to help the needy, donate, buy a LifeStraw, or simply educate others on the seriousness of this topic. We can all help get water to the people who really need
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