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Access to safe water creates the biggest impact for communities in poverty. Globally, 1 in 9 people are without access to clean water. But in the communities The Water Project serves, it’s 9 out of 9. Water is a daily and crippling challenge. Without water you can’t grow food, you can’t build housing, you can’t stay healthy, you can’t stay in school and you can’t keep working.
Water: A Global Crisis
Water & Poverty
Where water is inaccessible, poverty is pervasive. Productivity is lost to illness and time is spent walking for water. In sub-Saharan Africa alone, 40 billion hours are spent each year just hauling water. Most who lack water live on less than a dollar a day, and there’s no way out without water.
Water & Women
Women are responsible for 72% of the water collected in sub-Saharan Africa. Many women spend 20 hours per week collecting water, some walking 7 miles a day often for contaminated water. Too often the walk is not safe for them physically. It is women and the children they raise who suffer most without water, and who benefit most from access to it.
Water & Health
Water-related diseases cause 2.2 million deaths a year; every day, diarrhoea takes the lives of 2,000 children in Africa – more than any other single cause of death. Safe water, a toilet and clean hands could prevent 90% of these deaths.
Water & Food Security
Access to water leads to food security and with less crop loss, hunger is reduced. This leads to communities that are less affected by conflict, famine or inadequate government services.
Water & Education
Globally, water-related diseases steal 443 million school days a year. Roundworm, whipworm and hookworm stunt growth , cause debilitating anemia and follow kids into the classroom shrinking cognitive potential. Illness causes absenteeism and early drop-out. Simple clean water solutions keep kids in school.
The Water Project
The Water Project have been committed to providing safe water solutions for communities throughout sub Saharan Africa, including Sierra Leone, Uganda and Kenya for more than 10 years. They train in country teams to install wells, dams, catchment systems and spring protections for reliable and consistent access to safe water with maintenance teams and monitoring equipment. TWP is a humanitarian organisation that cares about what they do, monitoring their water points to ensure consistent flow for communities. Their work has already changed the lives of so many and with your support, we want to help them continue their mission.
The UN estimates that for every $1 invested in water and sanitation programs, up to $12 is provided in economic returns.
5% of proceeds from your shopping with Whollygrail goes directly to the mission of providing access to safe water through The Water Project. We’ve searched high and low to find an organisation we are beyond proud to be partnering with and hope you will be too. Check out this video to see the impact they create.