More than 2 billion people live in countries experiencing high water stress.
People with access to water or handwashing stations
Wells, filters, tanks or water points installed
People educated on hygiene practices
WHY CLEAN WATER?
Water is life, and clean water is at the core of sustainable development. Water and sanitation projects are deeply interwoven with other sustainable development goals. Improving access to clean water increases a child’s ability to stay in school instead of walking miles to collect water every day. Improving sanitation also improves health and reduces the risk of waterborne or diarrheal diseases. Building new wells and water collection systems provide jobs within communities. And finally, increased access to water can help provide economic and agricultural sustainability.
- 4.2 billion people lack safely managed sanitation services.
- 2.2 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services.
- By 2025, 1.8 billion people are expected to be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity
- 279,000 children under five die every year from diarrheal diseases.
- About 40% of the global population–3 billion people–do not have a handwashing facility with soap and water at home.
- Reducing the time it takes to fetch water from 30 to 15 minutes increased girls’ school attendance by 12% according to a study in Tanzania.
Justine manages a "pay as you fetch" water kiosk, which is part of a larger water system that provides water services to 6,546 people across seven villages in Uganda through 300 on-plot connections, seven community tap stands, and seven water kiosks. “What makes me happy is giving service to my customers,” says Justine. With the extra income she now makes being a kiosk operator, she has enough money for food, to send all of her kids to school, and in the next year she hopes to save enough money to buy a cow.
In the Regali communities of rural Vietnam, eight out of ten households do not have an adequate bathroom facility. 86% of families have recurring tapeworms because of unsanitary conditions. Families are concerned about access to water–both for consumption and for important hygiene and sanitation practices to keep their families healthy. Our partnership with Catalyst Foundation constructed 20 new toilets, installed a 4-tank water filtration system, and educated over 250 people on hygiene and sanitation practices to empower Regali families with better health and reliable water!
Sergio is 12 years old and a student council representative at a school in rural Guatemala. As a leader, he loves teaching his peers what he has learned in the student council sessions, especially when it comes to health and hygiene. He shows them how to brush their teeth properly, wash their hands and reminds them to drink water every day. This year, Sergio helped lead a water campaign in his school. He taught his peers to choose water over sugary beverages. Sergio’s enthusiasm and confidence as a leader are helping his peers develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
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