Around 180,000 children under 5 years old die every year – roughly 500 a day – in sub-Saharan Africa due to diarrheal diseases linked to lack of clean safe water, sanitation and hygiene
Lack of clean safe water in Africa prevents many young children, especially girls, from attending school and receiving an education. They are expected to aid their mothers in water retrieval.
In terms of lost educational opportunity, it is estimated that this would result in 272 million more school attendance days per year if adequate investment were made in drinking water and sanitation
Without access to a reliable water, food is hard to grow and more difficult to preserve and prepare. It takes huge amounts of water to grow food. Globally we use 70% of our water sources for agriculture and irrigation, and only 10% on domestic uses.
In most African villages, the responsibility of collecting water falls upon the women who spend hours walking to collect water for their families.