Access to Water
Water is an essential part of life. But for many reasons, including bad economics and poor infrastructure, millions of people in the world lack access to clean drinking water. They put themselves at risk drinking unsanitary, bacteria-laden water. That's because more than 10 percent of the world still doesn't have access to an improved source of drinking water. In Sub-Sahara Africa the figure is over 40 percent.
A lack of access to water means the poor use the same dirty water for drinking, cleaning, cooking and personal hygiene. It means millions of people die every year from diseases contracted from non-potable water, and it means sacrifice and super human effort.
Gaining access to water is so important to survival everything else takes a backseat, including health, schoolwork and opportunity. But people will risk disease when no other options exist. The future means nothing when the present is parched.
Access to Clean Water — Burkina Faso
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A child practices proper personal hygiene by rinsing and washing her hands before meal time.