The following is an article taken from the website of St. John the Baptist Church in Silver Springs, MD and was authored by Tony Maurelli.
Clean water is a basic human right. In addition to being the single biggest cause of intestinal infection and disease in developing countries, poor quality drinking water is the single biggest source of chronic infection, leading to malabsorption, which in turn leads to malnutrition. Nutrition correlates to cognitive abilities, including the ability to read. Good nutrition therefore heavily contributes to literacy. The lack of available clean drinking water can undermine even the strongest literacy and educational programs. Our program to bring clean water into the homes of Baradères is a natural complement to our on-going support of the schools and the people of the community.