Water and sanitation-related diseases such as diarrhoea are one of the biggest causes of death for children under five around the world. Every day, more than 800 children die from preventable diseases caused by unclean water, or a lack of sanitation and hygiene.
Poor sanitation, water and hygiene affect more than just children`s health. Children – particularly girls – often miss out on education because schools lack proper toilets and hand-washing facilities.
Others miss out because they have to spend their days making long journeys to collect clean water rather than going to school.
For children to grow up healthy and happy, they need access to clean water, proper sanitation, and good hygiene. Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are basic human rights, that MWT is working to uphold for every child.
It’s about health – a lack of these things causes diseases that kill over 800 children every day. It’s about time – millions of children miss out on an education because they spend hours every day collecting water. And it’s about fairness – the most vulnerable children are often the worst affected.
Children often bear the burden of walking miles each day to find water in streams and ponds. Sickness and the time lost fetching it robs entire communities of their futures.
When your child comes to you, asking you for food, and you have no food for her to eat, and yet you have to send her to fetch water With an empty stomach.
With an empty stomach, she has to walk 6 hours for a gallon of dirty water.
Because of that water, imagine seeing your daughter take her last breath.
You can change that.