Globally, 844 million people lack access to clean water.
Without clean, easily accessible water, families and communities are locked in poverty for generations. Children drop out of school and parents struggle to make a living. Women and children are the worst affected. More than 1000 children, under age 5, die every day from disease caused by contaminated water. Women and girls most often bear the burden of carrying water for their families. In Africa and Asia they walk an average of 3.7 miles per day to get water. Often they are put at risk of wildlife, harassment and sexual assault.
Access to clean water changes everything.
It’s a stepping-stone to development. When people gain access to clean water, they are better able to practice good hygiene and sanitation. Children enjoy good health and are more likely to attend school. Parents put aside their worries about water-related diseases and lack of access to clean water. Instead, they can water crops and livestock and diversify their incomes and become self sufficient.