Imagine a world without clean water. A world where food couldn’t grow, humans and animals suffered from thirst and the planet remained barren.
Around the world, many are experiencing this, with over 2 billion people, many including children, lacking access to safe and clean water.
It starts with water, but change can only start with you.
Without access to clean water, children may get sick and miss out on school.
When there is a water shortage, families in rural communities struggle to grow crops.
It’s simple - water is life. Only with it can families grow crops and food, spend less money buying water and have more income to send their children to school and support their education.
There are a range of circumstances and events that can cause or contribute to water scarcity. These include:
These combined factors are causing a global water crisis that adversely impacts the health and development of men, women, and children in the world’s most vulnerable communities. But you can help support water scarcity solutions and clean water projects across the world so that families can live healthier lives.
This tax time, you can help support people to gain the skills and resources they need to tackle water scarcity in their communities.
Water is essential for not only growing crops and producing food, but also critical for a person’s health. Regarded as the most important nutrient, water keeps bodies hydrated and aids vital bodily functions.
At least 1 in 3 schools lack access to water and basic sanitation. These basic facilities are necessary for children to attend classes, with the search for water a time-consuming part of their daily lives.
Health and well-being are only possible with safe water to maintain hygiene and sanitation practices. Contaminated water and poor sanitation are linked to the spread of preventable diseases such as diarrhoea, dysentery, hepatitis A and typhoid.
In 80% of water-deprived households, women and girls carry the burden of water collection. Worldwide, women will spend approximately 200 million hours altogether collecting water. This often leaves women with less time for education, work or caring for their families, reinforcing the cycle of gender inequality.
2.2 billion people do not have access to safely managed drinking water, forcing them to experience a life of poverty.
Health and well-being are only possible with safe water and maintaining hygiene and sanitation practices.
The important thing to remember is that poverty is not a choice. With your support, we can help communities like Salin’s to create lasting change.
people around the world do not have safely managed drinking water services
The number of hours women and girls spend collecting water worldwide, every day
of people around the world lack basic handwashing facilities