Clean drinking water is a basic human right which every person in the world should have access to. Despite this, 738 Million people currently try to survive without it. That's one in nine of us.
Health and Sanitation
One third of the world’s population does not have access to adequate sanitation. Untreated contaminated water causes a number of diseases which have symptoms ranging from chronic fatigue to death. This affects children the most, and 1 in 5 deaths under the age of 5 are caused by water related diseases.
Women and Children
Collecting water is a burden which often falls on women and young girls. Every day, women spend up to 8 hours collecting water which is often not clean. The average weight of the water carried home is 20 kilos, the same as an airport baggage allowance. Carrying this weight every day can cause many health problems including spinal and pelvic deformities, miscarriages and chronic fatigue.
Building Strong Communities
Access to safe, clean water is a crucial step in breaking the poverty cycle. Clean water will limit the number of people suffering from easily preventable diseases and save lives. With a reliable water source close by, women and girls can invest their time in other activities such as growing healthy food, going to school or starting a small business. Clean water and toilet facilities in schools have a huge impact on attendance, particularly for girls.
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