According to the United Nations and UN Water, the inter-agency responsible for water-related issues, every day 4,500 children under the age of 5 die around the world, having fallen sick because of unclean water and sanitation. Five times as many children die each year of diarrhea than of HIV/AIDS. One third of the world’s population is enduring some form of water scarcity and one in every six human beings has no access to clean water within a kilometer of their homes.
Business Connect believes water is critical for life and for livelihoods. Billions of people suffer from disease, poverty, and a lack of dignity and opportunity because they have no access to this basic resource. With our mission to create hope through business, we educate and support an international distributor network marketing green products in 34 countries. We also provide many nonprofits like the National Volunteer Outreach Network (NVON) with the fastest, easiest and most cost efficient portable water filter on the market today.
NVON created a three year international project to present an overview of how water is an essential resource and fundamental building block of life. They also presented an awareness of problems that could arise when clean water is lacking in communities, and how they can help those in need around the world. Since the United Nations declared 2005 -2015 as the “Water for Life‟ decade with a goal to reduce by half the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water by 2015; NVON stepped forward to support these efforts and to get clean “Water Around The World” by distributing the The PointONE Filter designed by Sawyer Products, Inc. The PointONE Filter system uses technology developed for kidney dialysis and is the first portable purification device to remove bacteria mechanically while exceeding Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Science Foundation (NSF) recommendations.
NVON is a member organization working together to promote communication, education and volunteerism for all people. A 501(c)3 organization since 2005, member states are encouraged to participate by raising funds to purchase filters through a myriad of suggested ways, i.e. bake sales, yard sales, fund drives, bottle and can collection, etc. There was no act too small. As of June 30, 2015, $45,162.56 has been contributed to purchase water filters.
NVON has impacted lives worldwide — one filter at a time — in such places as Haiti, Zimbabwe, Northern Mozambique, Thailand, Sierra Leone and, most recently, Nepal following the earthquake. We are proud to play a small part in this very large act of kindness .created by the acts of many volunteers. For more information or to get involved, join us today.