The Water Crisis
There is an urgent need for clean water, sanitation, and hygiene in schools and communities around the world.
Consider these facts:
- Every 20 seconds a child dies from lack of access to clean water.
- Women and children in many communities spend up to 60 percent of each day walking to collect water.
- 4,500 children die each day due to unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation.
- Without access to a latrine, many girls stop going to school once they reach puberty.
The relationship between water and health is significant. An estimated two million people die every year from diarrhea-related diseases. Children, especially those under the age of five, are most susceptible to the ultimate horrors of water-borne diseases. Access to clean water and adequate sanitation substantially decreases the mortality rates among children.
Water, sanitation, and hygiene are of critical importance to a school community’s health and way of life. Due to lack of access to private sanitation facilities at schools, many children and teens (especially girls) cannot attend school. Girls and boys spend much of their days carrying water—sometimes walking miles from their homes to the source and back.