Get the Facts
- India has a population of over 1 Billion people (1/6 of the earth’s population) and it is estimated by 2045 the population of India will surpass China.
- The land mass that makes up India can fit into 1/3 of the US.
- 250 million people live in urban areas, while the other 750 million live outside of the cities in what is considered rural areas.
- Each year India adds 18 million people, roughly another Australia.
- The World Bank estimates that 456 million Indians (42% of the total Indian population) now live under the global poverty line of $1.25 per day
- 884 million people worldwide, lack access to safe water supplies, approximately one in eight people.
- Poor people living in the slums often pay 5-10 times more per liter of water than wealthy people living in the same city.
- 98% of water-related deaths occur in the developing world.
- In India, only about 14% or 7 million rural households (out of 50 million) have access to piped water schemes to meet drinking and domestic water needs.
- Most people resort to using water from open wells, while a small minority uses tanks and springs. Hence there is a high dependence on groundwater for drinking and other domestic purposes.
- Nearly 90 percent of rural households collect water from community sources, which are often remote and suggests that a substantial amount of time and effort goes into water collection.
- $240 the average amount of money Americans spend each month on fast food.
- $5 the average amount they spend helping the poor.
- $3 – $5 average per person cost for clean drinking water in rural India.
- Wells for Life® carries out many of its projects in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and has recently started work in Gujarat, West Bengal and Odisha.
- Less than 10% of donations received are used for overhead.
- Wells for Life® employs no salaried employees, even I don’t get paid and I started it.
- Our projects are carried out through our indigenous partners who we have a strong relationship with and who have a proven track record of enacting positive social change in their communities.
- All of our projects are carried out using Indians; local labor where possible, along with material and supplies so that the local economy gets the benefit.