Clean Water Creates Life.
Dirty and Deadly.
Everyone's life revolves around having clean water. Many people are lucky to not have to think about finding water, but 663 million people must search every day, drinking from anywhere they can find water. The water they find is often shared with animals that make it dirty. Many children that drink contaminated water become ill because their immune systems are too weak to fight off waterborne illnesses.
It is women and children's job to retrieve water. Some walk 1-5 miles to a water source and then walk back while carrying 5 gallons of water for their family. The long walks are dangerous. Many women and children are at risk of being attacked by animals and people. Many will leave at night to get water to lower their risk of being attacked.
What does Clean Water Look Like?
With access to clean drinking water, water-related illnesses almost disappear. As a result, clinics do not spend time and resources fighting water-related diseases, children do not get sick as often which allows more time for other activities, and a healthier and cleaner community is created.
When long walks for water are eliminated, women and children have more time for other activities. Children can spend the day in school. Women can work and take care of their family. Increased opportunities create a stronger, happier community.
When clean water is provided to a community, children do not have to spend all day carrying water. Children, especially girls, have the chance to attend school and pursue an education. Many projects provide water to schools, which creates a clean and healthy environment in which to learn.
Women are often responsible for retrieving water. Clean, accessible water gives them more chances to be part of their community, find work, or take care of their family. Having clean water helps them build a strong, healthy family.