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“Without access to clean water, I will have to walk about 12-16km a day to collect water for my family, especially if I am a girl. The trip is long in the scorching heat and the load is heavy which takes up my time from school and play. The water I collect is usually from a contaminated pond used by other animals and makes me sick with diarrhoea and skin diseases.”
Clean water close to home frees children and families from the fear of waterborne diseases and the need to travel far just for a single sip. But 785 million people worldwide lack basic drinking water services, while 2 billion still lack basic sanitation1.
World Vision focuses on ensuring clean water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) for every person in every community we work in, reaching one new person with clean water every 10 seconds. This work is more vital now than ever, since clean water is needed to prevent the spread of diseases like COVID-19.
Without proper water pipelines and collection points, children, usually girls, walk hours to and fro each day carrying heavy loads of water from the nearest water source instead of going to school.
Rivers, streams and other water sources are exposed and are susceptible to contamination from animals and human activities like open defecation. This results in waterborne diseases like diarrhoea.
There is poor awareness of good sanitation habits. As a result, practices like open defecation are commonplace and people are not aware of preventive measures (like handwashing) to stop disease transmission.
We increase access to clean water by building water points in partnership with communities, and ensure they are sustainably managed through community-based water committees.
We help raise community health levels by building latrines and handwashing stations in schools and households. We also educate community members on the hazards of open defecation and train them to manage household sanitation.
We identify barriers to positive hygiene behaviours and work with the community to educate people on good hygiene habits like handwashing, latrine management and menstrual hygiene.
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Facts and figures based on 2020 data.
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1 World Health Organization, 2019
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