Kenya_child collecting waterThe facts are alarming:

  • Every 20 seconds a child dies from a water related disease
  • Diarrhoea from poor sanitation and dirty water kills more children under the age of five than measles, HIV and malaria combined
  • 768 million people in the world do not have access to clean, safe water
  • Around 2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation
  • More people in the world own mobile phones than have access to a toilet
  • Over 2.75 million people die from diseases every year because of unsafe water
  • Children in poor environments often carry approximately 1,000 parasitic worms in their bodies
  • The average distance a woman or child walks to collect water is 6km
  • Over 40 billion working hours are spent carrying water each year in Africa
  • In parts of Africa and Asia women often carry water weighing as much as 20kgs (the same as the average UK airport luggage allowance) on their heads
  • 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related illness

But, the good news is that:

  • £1 is all it takes to provide a child with clean, safe water for 10 years 
  • In fact, making a regular donation is one of the most effective ways of supporting our work, as it allows us to plan ahead and thereby reach even more people in need. To set up a monthly, quarterly or annual donation, please click here

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