How often do you think about the water you’re using? I'll be honest, I don’t usually think about it too much. I get up, shower, brush my teeth, make coffee and so on. I always have access to water, I always have something to drink, which means I’m able to concentrate, I’m able to do my job, I stay healthy and I don’t get sick.
But that isn’t the case for 800 million people worldwide who don’t have access to clean safe water, in places where a lack of water can mean life or death. This World Water Day we want to show you how water is changing lives for good for just some of the people we work with around the world.
#WaterIs life or death
Lack of water can mean that people (usually women and girls) miss out on education, or a career and a chance to escape poverty.
Water is often far away from where people live, so instead of children being in school or parents earning a living, they spend their days collecting water, day in day out (like six-year old Helena in the photo above). We’re helping to change this though, with some really simple but effective projects.
#WaterIs an education in Myanmar
Installing water tanks and pipes from the nearby ActionAid-funded dam helps eight-year-old Chit and nine-year-old Hein to stay in school for longer. Having access to clean, safe water in their school means they no longer have to walk home or long distances when they need a drink of water or to wash their hands.
#WaterIs helping women build a career in Kenya
Muli from Kenya is a mother of six children and in the past she struggled to feed her family. Working with ActionAid and other people in her village Muli helped to build a dam, so now her community has water all year round.
Muli has started to grow her own fruit and vegetables that not only feed her family but that she can sell on market and use the money to pay for her children to go to school.
#WaterIs life-saving in Liberia
Teaching a child to wash their hands properly is important wherever you live, but in Liberia it is literally life-saving. ActionAid’s work training thousands of people how to properly wash their hands has helped to stop the spread of Ebola amongst communities all across the country.
So it’s very simple. Water, and access to it, can change people’s lives for good.
You can help us make sure more children have access to clean safe water, by becoming a child sponsor. Child sponsorship helps the entire community, and these communities often tell us that what they need is water. Very pure, very simple.