The benefits of these projects in developing communities are not limited to the finished products. Participating team members gain project leadership experience, technical experience, and field experience. More importantly, the teams forge ties with their project communities through the shared challenges, communication, and labor of the collaborative project cycle.
According to the World Health Organization, cholera and other diarrheal diseases kill 1.8 million people annually. Of these victims, 90% are children under the age of five. Eighty-eight percent of incidents of diarrheal disease result from contaminated water supply and poor sanitation and hygiene. Yet as of 2002, 17% of the world’s population (1.1 billion people) did not have access to improved water sources and 42% (2.6 billion people) had no access to proper sanitation