Why Water? For people in developing countries, clean water can change everything.
785 million people in the world live without clean water.
That’s nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide. Or twice the population of Belgium.
The majority live in isolated rural areas and spend hours every day walking to collect water for their family.
Not only does walking for water keep children out of school or take up time that parents could be using to earn money, but the water often carries diseases that can make everyone sick.
But access to clean water means education, income, and health – especially for women and kids.
Access to clean water restores health for families and reduces the amount of time that children, who often help with chores at home, spend walking and waiting to collect water each day.
Clean water gives kids a chance to attend school and build a better future.
How does having clean water at home impact school attendance?
Collecting dirty water takes time!
When families have access to clean water close to home, kids can focus on more important things, like going to school, studying, and enjoying their childhood.
Why is it important to have safe water and adequate facilities at school?
Clean water stations give kids a place to wash their hands.
Proper latrines provide privacy for young girls.
These facilities ensure that kids who become healthy, continue to stay healthy.
Why is education important for kids in rural communities?
Attending school gives kids a chance to expand their knowledge and pursue new opportunities.
It provides a chance to become doctors, engineers, and social workers.
It promotes stronger futures.
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