Although fundamental to life, a clean, drinkable and constant supply of water is a distant dream for many. 663 million people across the world have no access to safe drinking water, with many walking miles every day to fetch supplies that could kill them and their families. Not only that, but 2.4 billion people do not even have basic sanitation.
The result? Disease spreads, crops fail, families go hungry, communities wither. Almost unimaginably in this modern age, 900 children die every single day simply because of dirty water.
We believe there’s no excuse for this. Water is like air: a basic human necessity.
For this reason, One Family supports projects to bring clean water to areas like South Sudan – where 7.5 million are at risk from contaminated sources. Improving the supply will not only save childrenfrom malnourishment, but also help stem the tide of famine and disease threatening vast swathes of East Africa.
Safe water can - and must - be #untapped.
We are also working on longterm sanitation projects in areas such as Mozambique - where three quarters of people have no access to hygienic toilets. This alone kills 4,000 children from disease every year, while life expectancy for men and women is only around 50 years old.
Small changes could make all the difference: boring holes for hand pumps, installing sanitation systems, harnessing solar power and improving hygiene education will all give communities a chance of health and prosperity. Which is the very least they deserve.
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