ACCESS TO SAFE WATER AND SANITATION CAN QUICKLY TURN PROBLEMS INTO POTENTIAL
Empower Women and Girls
Women and Girls are disproportionately affected by the water crisis, as they are often responsible for collecting water. They are also at risk of being subject to rape or abuse along what is often a long journey from home to get to the water source. When there is access to safe water at home, women and girls can pursue more beyond water collection and their traditional roles allowing women to work and contribute to their household income, and girls to attend school.
The water crisis is a health crisis. Every 2 minutes a child dies from a water-related disease. Access to safe water and sanitation contributes to improved health and helps prevent the spread of infectious diseases. It means reduced child and maternal mortality rates. As we face the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever access to safe water is critical to the health of families.
Time spent gathering water or seeking safe sanitation accounts for massive economic losses. Access to safe water and sanitation gives families more time to pursue education and livelihood activities like growing food to help them break the cycle of poverty.