Why Water - Aquaheru Foundation

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Just $50 can provide clean water for 100 children for over 5 years. That means less than $1 to provide access to clean safe drinking water.


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> Nearly 1 Billion people don’t have access to clean drinking water and sanitation.

> Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all sickness and disease in the world, and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.

> Around 700,000 children die every year water-related diseases. That’s almost 2,000 children a day.

> Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses.

> Thousands of children drop out of school every year to meet water needs for their family.

> Diarrhea, caused by dirty waters, kills more young children than AIDS, malaria and measles combined.

> Children in poor environments often carry 1,000 parasitic worms in their bodies at any given time.

> 90% of the 30,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are in children under five years old.

> More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes. Nearly all deaths, 99 percent, occur in the developing world.

> Many women and children in rural areas of the developing world spend hours each day walking miles to collect water from dirty or unsafe pools and rivers.

> Women and children walk 3 hours a day to collect water.

> Women must walk 3 hours a day carrying a 40lb can to collect water.  This is the same weight as two car tires.

> In urban areas they collect it from polluted waterways or pay high prices to buy it from vendors. Carrying heavy water containers is an exhausting task, which takes up valuable time and energy. It often prevents women from doing vital domestic or income-generating work and stops children from going to school. The tragedy is that the water they have worked so hard to collect is often unsafe and contaminated with deadly diarrhea diseases such as cholera, typhoid and dysentery.

> Every day 2,000 children in the developing world die from preventable water-related diseases.

> 443 Million school days are lost each year due to water-related illness.

> People suffering from these diseases or caring for children who are ill from them are often unable to work to earn money, yet face large medical bills.

> The WHO reports that over 3.6% of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply, sanitation, and hygiene.

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