Access to Safe Water means life, health, education, and income, especially for children and women.
Still, 2.1 billion people in the world live without clean and safe drinking water (UN, “SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation.”). That is nearly 3 in every 10 people worldwide — six times the population of the United States.
According to the World Health Organization: “The provision of safe water, sanitation and hygienic conditions is essential to protecting human health during all infectious disease outbreaks, including the COVID-19 outbreak. Ensuring good and consistently applied WASH and waste management practices in communities, homes, schools, marketplaces, prisons and health care facilities will further help to prevent human-to-human transmission of the COVID-19 virus.” (WHO, “WASH and COVID-19.”)
Did you know that most people who don’t have access to safe water live in isolated rural areas and walk for several hours a day to collect water for their families?
Having to walk for water…
... often means you are much more vulnerable to contagious diseases that can spread through an entire community
... keeps children out of school
... takes up time that parents could use to earn money to support their families
... means danger.
you can’t grow food
you can’t build housing
you can’t stay healthy
you can’t stay in school
you can’t work
you don’t survive.