Water is an instrument of peace. This precious and life-giving resource has the unique power to divide – or unite – nations and communities.
As JAM commemorates World Water Day (WWD) today (22 March 2013) it is unsettling to hear of predictions that the next world war is likely to be fought over this all-important resource. Without water, life on earth could not be maintained. The fulfillment of basic human needs, the environment, socio-economic development and poverty reduction are all heavily dependent on water.
The United Nations (UN) has designated 2013 as the ‘International Year of Water Cooperation’, through which multi-country cooperation is emphasized and encouraged. Cooperation is essential in order to strike a balance between the varying water resource needs and relevant priorities in the different countries.
JAM has been providing clean and potable water to African countries since 1984 through the drilling of wells and the rehabilitation of existing water wells. Advocating for the provision and sustainability of fresh water to communities, JAM wants to contribute towards the prevention of water borne diseases and the contamination of agricultural produce.
Issues around water, sanitation and hygiene (also known as WASH) are a constant priority to JAM and receives focused attention in the implementation of all its programs in Africa, including Angola, Mozambique, South Sudan and South Africa. Water is indeed a core focus area in JAM’s development portfolio.