Water. It’s one of the world’s most precious resources, yet something many of us take for granted.
Everyday around the world families, who do not have access to clean water go to great lengths and endure much hardship in the pursuit of water. Families suffer poor health as a result of unclean water and lose income or miss out on schooling, due to time spent collecting water.
When communities have access to clean water, the impact is life-changing. Access to safe water means improved health, more economic opportunity and a brighter future. This World Water Day, help spread the word and raise awareness of water and the impact it has on lives around the world.
Fact: 663 million people or 1 in 10 – lack access to safe water. That’s twice the population of the United States
Fact: Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease
Fact: 2.4 billion people – 1 in 3 – lack access to a toilet. More people have a mobile phone than a toilet.
Fact: Women and children spend 125 million hours each day collecting water. Time spent gathering water around the world translates to $24 billion in lost economic benefits each year.
Fact: Every $1 invested in water and sanitation provides a $4 economic return
In Nepal, for instance we run projects that offer livelihood training in areas of tube well construction and toilet ring making so families can earn a steady income.