At Quality Dental Group, our mission is to make people feel good. From our staff and patients, to the communities that we serve and society at large. Our burning desire to take feel-good positive actions to communities has inspired us to partner with Wells on Wheels, a non-profit organisation that makes clean water more accessible to vulnerable women and children from impoverished backgrounds.
What is the need for Wells on Wheels?
Women and children are responsible for water collection in 80% of homes without access to clean water on-premises, while 1 in 3 people lack access to safe drinking water globally. This is amplified in places like rural India, where women and children are forced to walk as many as two miles each day in blistering heat to access clean water from wells. These women and children carry water on their heads in pails that weigh almost the same as a standard airline checked bag. This increases their chances of chronic neck and back conditions and risks musculoskeletal disorders and disability.
In terms of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6, access to clean water is a fundamental and unassailable human right that must be made available to all. With women and children shouldering this time-consuming responsibility of water collection in these rural communities, they don’t have the opportunity to work or attend school. Our partnership with Wells on Wheels positively impacts these rural communities through an innovative water wheel that eases the burden of water collection in rural India.
How does Wells on Wheels work?
The water wheel is a large round water drum with handles, and is capable of transporting five times as much water as the ordinary pails used by rural villagers in India. It is designed to be rolled on the ground instead of being carried and allows for easy pouring and cleaning. This effective water collection method frees up valuable time for rural villagers as fewer trips are required to water wells. Moreover, this eases the societal and physical burden placed upon these women and children for necessary water collection.
What is the impact of Wells on Wheels?
By using Wells on Wheels’ innovative water carrier, women can easily collect water and still go to work while children now have the time to attend school, breaking the vicious cycle of poverty that trap families in these rural communities. With COVID currently running rampant in India, the need for clean water becomes more critical in preventing and containing the coronavirus. This is done through recommended hygiene and sanitation practices, like regular handwashing and cleaning. Together with our contribution, Wells on Wheels has been able to step up its response to the pandemic with sizeable donations of masks and water wheels to many rural villages, in an effort to curb the spread of this deadly virus.
Quality Dental Group is deeply committed to lifting the burden facing women and children in rural India. Through our partnership with Wells on Wheels, we aim to create an environment of opportunity where children can attend school and women can find work. We do this to help break the cycle of generational poverty that they experience.
Our concern with such critical issues motivates us to make more meaningful contributions to help improve rural communities, uplift women and children, and make all of them feel good through innovation!
With every Invisalign treatment programme that our patients undergo, Quality Dental Group commits to donating 1 water wheel to a vulnerable family of 5 in rural India. Our impact between February and March 2021 has enabled 135 women and children to access clean water through our generous contribution of 27 water wheels.
By choosing Quality Dental Group for your Invisalign treatment, you can play your part in uplifting impoverished families in rural communities by showering them with a gift of love!
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