Salin is a principal of a school in Cambodia that now has access to clean water. Photo: Tim Lam/Caritas Australia

It all starts with water

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.  

Clean water means better education

Without access to clean water, children may get sick and miss out on school.

Image: Local students at a school in Cambodia. Credit: Tim Lam/Caritas Austalia
Vibol and his daughter, Neth, watering crops in his garden. Photo: Tim Lam/Caritas Australia

Clean water means better food security

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:  

  • Arid conditions that can be worsened by the effects of a changing climate  
  • Population growth 
  • Underdeveloped or non-existent water infrastructure and management systems  
  • Deforestation and removal of natural vegetation  
  • Wasting and misusing available water resources  

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 means...

The garden at Salin's school is flourishing thanks to a nearby water station. Photo: Tim Lam/Caritas Australia


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.  

Salin teaching students at her school in the Siem Reap province, Cambodia. Photo: Tim Lam/Caritas Australia

Improved Education

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.

Children at this school in rural Cambodia can now wash their hands thanks to the establishment of a local water station. Photo: Tim Lam/Caritas Australia

Improved Health

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.  

Image: As a school principal, Salin is committed to teaching young children in her community. Credit: Tim Lam/Caritas Austalia

Financial Security

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. 

A life-changing gift 

Like many families in her village in Cambodia, Salin faced constant water shortages which made it difficult to provide safe drinking water for her family. 

See how her life changed and the impact that a simple water station had on this entire community.

2.2 billion  

people around the world do not have safely managed drinking water services 

200 million

The number of hours women and girls spend collecting water worldwide, every day

Nearly 40%

of people around the world lack basic handwashing facilities 

Image: Salin with her family in their farm in Cambodia. Credit: Tim Lam/Caritas Austalia

The gift of water can transform lives this tax time

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