Background

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  • 1.2 billion people (one in five) lack access to safe water
  • 2.5 billion people have no sanitation
  • the biggest killer of children under the age of FIVE is unsafe water
  • 1.8 million children die every year
  • ONE child will die every 17 seconds and 5000 children will die today
  • 8000 people die every day from waterborne disease
  • Women and children (usually girls) spend up to six hours each day fetching water and carry as much as 20 kg., often under threat of abduction or assault
  • Lack of sanitation and privacy lead to early drop-out from school among girls
  • Every year, 40 billion hours spent collecting and hauling water in Africa alone
  • Disputes over water jeopardize peace in every continent
  • Drought and starvation threaten lives and livelihood of millions of people.

 

Water Plays a Critical Role in
Sustaining Life and Livelihood:

Thousands of clubs are already engaged
in water/sanitation projects:

  • Population and family stability
  • Gender equality
  • Environment
  • Work and income
  • Education and literacy
  • Human health
  • Reducing Conflict
  • Drilling boreholes, digging wells
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Purifying water: slow sand filters
  • Solar disinfecting
  • Building dams and mini-pipelines
  • Protecting Ponds
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  • Focus on helping the community, not just supply the water
  • Understand, build on, adapt to local culture
  • Involve ALL the stakeholders – especially the women
  • Encourage local buy-in/ownership, empower the local committee