Water is Life…

Clean Water is quality of life

Water is a basic necessity, we all need it every day to live a healthy life. It is also an important part of cooking, cleaning and basic hygiene. Yet, for nearly half the world’s population, access to clean safe water is a daily challenge that causes tremendous suffering.

Basic access to water is a huge challenge for hundreds of millions of people in the poorest developing countries, but the reality is, water quality is a major problem almost everywhere, affecting less developed communities disproportionately. According to the CDC, throughout most of the world, you shouldn’t drink water from the tap or any source other than a sealed bottle.

The poorer and less developed a community the bigger the water access and quality challenges, including local access to treatment solutions. Hundreds of products and services are available that can help local people access, treat and clean their water; however, in the areas where they are needed most, these solutions are not readily available. This is our mission at Connect for Water, improve local access to clean water solutions. No other effort will have as much impact and helping address the global water epidemic.  

2025

By 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in WATER-STRESSED areas.

Connect for Water will provide resources and access to water and sanitation, Connect for Water provides more than water, but water that lasts. This increases health, productivity opportunities for education.
Africa
More than one-third of Africa’s population lacks access to safe drinking water
India has just 4% of the world’s fresh water — but 16% of the global population.
India

783 million people do not have access to clean and safe water worldwide.

443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related diseases.

842,000 diarrhoeal diseases deaths per year result from unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene.

2,000 children aged 5 and under die every day from a water-related disease.

1,800 child deaths every day are linked to water, sanitation and hygiene

In just one day, more than 200 million hours of women’s time is consumed collecting water for domestic use.

In some places, women have to walk nearly 10 kilometers to reach a water source.

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

80%

10%

In developing countries, as much as 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions
10% of the global disease could be reduced through improved water supply, sanitation, and hygiene.

What Is WASH?

Millions of children in the developing world go to schools which have no drinking water or clean latrines – basic things that many of us take for granted. Every child has the right to be in a school that offers safe water, healthy sanitation and hygiene education. – Sigrid Kaag, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the launch of the WASH program.
WASH is a collective term used for the three core issues at stake in many rural communities worldwide: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. These three fundamental issues have to be improved in order to conquer the global sanitation crisis.

With UNICEF’s leadership, and in many cases example, many organizations are meeting head on the colossal problem affecting the poor. The WASH initiative values the idea of dedicated target strikes different areas while promoting sustainable goals for a region.

How does WASH play out specifically?

water

The first leg of UNICEF’s initiative deals with providing access to protected wells and piping – of gifting communities with safe underground water sources.

sanitation

It is fundamental to have facilities that separate human waste from human contact. In many cases, communal latrines or open defecation is the norm, with ineffective separation of fecal matters and lack of a waste disposal units contaminating the ecosystem and general health of the village.

hygiene

In many parts of the world, there is little thought given to common hygiene practices. A lack of soap, safe water or adequate washing facilities cause diseases to spread quickly. UNICEF’s wants to help change this mindset in many communities, with educational awareness being key to fighting pandemics.