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Water 4 Life Campaign

WATER IS LIFE. Give the Gift of Clean Water! 

771 million people in the world live without clean water. 

That’s nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide. Most live in isolated rural areas and spend hours every day walking to collect water for their family. Not only does walking for water keep children out of school or, put that at risk of assault/threat, or take up time that parents could be using to earn money, but the water often carries diseases that can make everyone sick.  Access to clean water means education, income and health, especially for women and children.

The United Nations and "The Right to Water"

In 2010, the UN General Assembly explicitly recognized the human right to water and sanitation. Everyone has the right to sufficient, continuous, safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic use.

Safe and readily available water is important for public health, whether it is used for drinking, domestic use, food production or recreational purposes. Improved water supply and sanitation, and better management of water resources, can boost countries’ economic growth and can contribute greatly to poverty reduction.

HEALTH

Diseases from dirty water kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.

43% of those deaths are children under five years old. Access to clean water and basic sanitation can save around 16,000 lives every week.

TIME

Each day, women in Sub-Saharan Africa spend a total of 16 million hours collecting water.

Access to clean water gives communities more time to grow food, earn an income, and go to school -- all of which fight poverty.

EDUCATION

Clean water helps keep kids in school, especially girls.

Less time collecting water means more time in class. Clean water and proper toilets at school means teenage girls don’t have to stay home for a week out of every month.

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

Women are responsible for 72% of the water collected in Sub-Saharan Africa.

When a community gets water, women and girls get their lives back. They start businesses, improve their homes, and take charge of their own futures.

Learn more about the water crisis here.

water solutions for schools and health clinics.  More than 80% of Rwandans live rurally with the majority of schools and health clinics operating without access to adequate water, sanitation, or hygiene.

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Key facts

  • In 2020, 54% of the global population (4.2 billion people) used a safely managed sanitation service.

  • Poor sanitation is linked to transmission of diarrhoeal diseases such as cholera and dysentery, as well as typhoid, intestinal worm infections and polio. It exacerbates stunting and contributes to the spread of antimicrobial resistance.

  • Poor sanitation reduces human well-being, social and economic development due to impacts such as anxiety, risk of sexual assault, and lost opportunities for education and work.​

  • Over 1.7 billion people still do not have basic sanitation services, such as private toilets or latrines.

  • Of these, 673 million still defecate in the open, for example in street gutters, behind bushes or into open bodies of water.

  • In 2020, 45% of the household wastewater generated globally was discharged without safe treatment.

  • At least 10% of the world’s population is thought to consume food irrigated by wastewater.   

**Worlds Health Organization and UN Water

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Helping people develop safe and sustainable water

Water for Life uses a combination of appropriate water technologies, water health  education and basic research so that communities can identify and solve their water problems. The mission is not to simply provide safe water to those in need, but to train individuals and communities to create and maintain their own local water resources.  They use a highly interactive process combining formal instruction with hands-on training.
 

Rwanda

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene at Rural Schools and Health Clinics

Even with its stunning beauty and rich natural resources, much of Africa is still ravaged by its limited access to safe water supplies. Approximately 750,000 children die each year from diarrheal diseases alone in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

 

The focus of our work in Rwanda centers on helping provide sustainable water solutions for schools and health clinics.  More than 80% of Rwandans live rurally with the majority of schools and health clinics operating without access to adequate water, sanitation, or hygiene.

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