Access to water is the basis of a healthy and productive life! In the Western world, we take access to clean water for granted, but for 1 out of every 10 people on the planet it is a day’s work to fetch safe water.
Women and children in particular spend a lot of time walking for water… water that is often not even suitable for consumption. Time spent on walking for water cannot be spent on a job, school or caring for a family.
It is estimated that 485,000 people die every year as a result of contaminated drinking water and poor sanitation. That is over 1,300 people per day (source).
Until the day I gave birth, I had to walk for water. That took all day. Now it only takes half an hour.