SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Feb. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For nearly 2 years a water crisis has devastated the town of Flint, Michigan because the main source of water for the city has been lead-contaminated river water. For several weeks volunteers from Life for Relief and Development, a Southfield, Michigan based humanitarian aid organization, have walked the neighborhoods of Flint distributing bottled water to affected families. At the end of phase 1, on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, Life will complete the distribution of over 130,000 bottles of water. The second phase of Life's Flint Water Relief will start on the first week of March. "While few might have been responsible for the Flint water crisis, responding to it is our collective responsibility" said Khalid Turaani, Life's CEO. Mr. Turaani added: "Life's team of volunteers continue to go to Flint week after week to fulfill our responsibility towards the people of Flint."
According to the World Health Organization, "lead affects children's brain development resulting in reduced intelligence quotient (IQ), behavioral changes such as shortening of attention span and increased antisocial behavior, and reduced educational attainment. Lead exposure also causes anemia, hypertension, renal impairment, and toxicity to the reproductive organs. The neurological and behavioral effects of lead are believed to be irreversible."
Our goal in - partnership with the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village - is to provide water for Flint residents until the water crisis is resolved.
(www.lifeusa.org) Life for Relief and Development was established in 1992 and has been headquartered in Michigan for the past 22 years with worldwide offices including Sierra Leone, Ghana, Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan and others.
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