Building a Better World with Build Health International
Our planet is 70% covered by water, but only 3% of the world’s water is fresh. Two-thirds of that fresh water is tucked away in frozen glaciers or unavailable for our use. As a result, there are more than 1.1 billion people worldwide who lack access to water, while a total of 2.7 billion people have to find water and store it at least one month of the year.
Meanwhile, some 2.4 billion people are exposed to diseases through water, such as cholera and typhoid fever, while people in some countries must walk an average of 3.5 miles to acquire water. Some people store their water in plastic bottles which can be harmful to the human using it, as well as nature itself. Global warming is another major environmental issue that becomes an even bigger concern in many places. It causes natural rivers, lakes, and aquifers to dry up.
Our mission at Sleeping Dog Properties is not only to build a better living space for our clients, but we also want to help build a better world. We’ve taken notice of the problems listed above and would like to do our part to help those people.
With assistance from Build Health International (BHI), this year we are donating more than 500 canteens to Haiti and the surrounding areas. BHI is a Massachusetts-based organization that emphasizes hiring and training local workers for every construction project to engage the community and support technical skills in the local workforce. To date, BHI has trained over 1,300 local construction workers and tradespeople. We hope our collaboration with these caring individuals can help those people who need it most, and we will continue sharing the love with people all over the world.
As we pass the canteens on to BHI, their staff will begin distributing water bottles to their local construction staff, including teams in Haiti, Peru, and Nigeria. The water bottles will also be distributed to community health workers engaged in health outreach with the communities surrounding our partner hospitals.
We are grateful that the water bottles will help keep people hydrated in work environments which are often hot and physically demanding. It’s just our own way of giving back to those who are most in need – and we hope our efforts inspire others to reach out and lend a helping hand.