WHY WATER

844 MILLION PEOPLE

IN THE WORLD LIVE WITHOUT ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER

Water is a fundamental human need and a driver for sustainable growth, yet water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population and is projected to rise. While 2.6 billion people have gained access to improved drinking water sources since 1990, yet 844 million people are still struggling with water sources.

Despite there being sufficient fresh water on our planet, millions of people who reside in tough and dry-land conditions are forced to live without it. The majority of those people live in isolated rural areas and spend hours walking to collect and transport water for their families every day. To make matters worse, that water is often unclean and contaminated, leaving people sick with waterborne diseases such as diarrhoea, cholera and typhoid.

Not only does walking long distances while carrying 20 litres of water cause severe health issues, but it also keeps children out of school and wastes time that families could be using to earn an income. By 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water.

Millions of vulnerable families around the world do not drink, cook, or bathe with clean water — a basic natural resource that we too often take for granted.

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Facts

Statistics can look stark. But we believe that we can challenge those odds thanks to our donors and implementing partners. With their help, we have already served millions of people with access to clean and safe water in some of the driest and toughest places in the world.

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31%

31% of schools don’t have clean water.

(UNICEF, Advancing WASH in Schools Monitoring, 2015)

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2.3B

2.3 billion people don’t have a decent toilet.

(WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2017)

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2025

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

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Every minute a newborn dies from infection caused by lack of safe water and an unclean environment.

(WHO, 2015)

CLEAN WATER
CHANGES
EVERYTHING

TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE WATER AVAILABLE TO ALL.

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SOLUTIONS

Working with our partners, we have implemented more than 1000 solutions in 34 countries.

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9 M

Since 2015, we have served more than 9 million people with clean and safe water.

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R&D

We are identifying innovative and sustainable water solutions through research & development to end the water crisis.

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WE CAN’T STOP THERE, WE ARE ON A MISSION TO END THE WATER CRISIS
With your help, we can reach more and transform the lives of millions worldwide

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