Clean water saves lives, empowers communities
Access to clean water should be a basic human right and is the foundation for for improving living conditions in impoverished communities. Our clean water programmes address a number of issues faced by these communities, putting them on the path to a brighter future.
Health and hygiene: Contaminated water sources are a breeding ground for waterborne diseases such as Typhoid, Cholera and Dysentery - diseases that claim the lives of children and vulnerable populations. Clean water sources can help reduce and eradicate such diseases, reducing infection risk and lowering mortality rates.
Education and empowerment: Clean water plays a vital role in promoting education and empowering communities, especially women and girls. Where a regular water supply is not present, fetching water is predominantly the responsibility of women and children. The time and effort spent on collecting water from distant and often contaminated sources limit time for children to attend school. With this burden alleviated, children, particularly girls, have the time to attend school.
Local economic development: Without a regular water supply, communities can struggle to make their basic needs and are unable to take part in productive activities. Water scarcity can lead to a reduction or the ceasing of agricultural farming activities, which in turn can be a major factor influencing reducing local food security and livelihoods. Clean water sources can assist with irrigation, allowing communities to grow crops in a sustainable fashion.