It's a basic human right to have access to clean drinking water.
1 IN 5 KIDS DIE EVERY DAY FROM WATER BORNE DISEASES
660 MILLION PEOPLE RELY ON CONTAMINATED
KIDS MISS SCHOOL TO CARRY DIRTY WATER HOME
WHEN SAFE WATER
WELLS ARE NEARBY
WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN
WALK 4-5 HOURS A DAY CARRYING
40-50 LBS OF UNSAFE WATER
While every person living has access to water of some quality, not every person has access to clean, safe water. In fact, worldwide, 884 million people do not have access to safe water (roughly 1 person in 8), and 1.4 million children die each year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.
In Ethiopia, a nation with over 90 million people, 64% do not have access to clean water; and 89% do not have access to adequate sanitation services.
Waterborne diseases are either the direct cause, or a significant contributing factor, to Ethiopia's high infant mortality rate of 7+% (26th highest in world and eleven times higher than the USA) and the low average life expectancy of 56 years.
Every 33 seconds a child dies from a waterborne disease like diarrhea.
Women walk 20 miles a week, spending 30 hours to do so, to get unsafe water.
Ethiopian women do the hard work of caring for the family, including a daily trip to bring water back for cooking and cleaning. This is done by foot and most often involves small children going along for this 4 to 5-hour roundtrip bringing back water jugs weighing 40 to 50 pounds. And the reality is that they do all this work to bring back water that is unsafe – because there is no other option.
Without access to safe water, there is no hope for a better future.
Because of unsafe water, families and villages experience high rates of illness from waterborne diseases that make it unlikely for the cycle of poverty to be broken. Without access to safe water there is no hope for a better future.
Children are denied educational opportunities because they are either traveling to get the water or responsible for other children at home. Without access to education for the children the cycle of poverty is unlikely to be broken.
Only women can change the economic outlook for the family and village, but with so much effort spent getting water there is no time or energy left to invest in developing new income opportunities. Without new income the cycle of poverty cannot be broken.