Global water challenges, such as water scarcity and pollution, are having an increasingly negative impact on people’s life globally. Access to clean water is a serious global crisis - 2.1 billion people lack access to safe, readily-available water at home. 800 million people don't have access to it whatsoever, and half of the world's hospital beds are filled with people suffering from water-related illnesses like salmonella, cholera and typhoid. For people in developing countries, clean water can change everything.
Diseases from dirty water kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. 43% of those deaths are children under five years old. Access to clean water and basic sanitation can save around 16,000 lives every week.
In Africa alone, women spend 40 billion hours a year walking for water. Access to clean water gives communities more time to grow food, earn an income, and go to school - all of which fight poverty.