Rainwater tanks constructed at schools ensure children have access to clean water while they learn.
Clean water is essential to life, yet 780 million people around the world do not have access to it. More than twice that many, 2.5 billion people, don’t have access to a toilet. PWS&D is working with partners globally to provide communities with clean, safe drinking water and proper sanitation facilities to relieve thirst, improve health, enhance quality of life and achieve lasting change.
PWS&D’s water programs bring renewed life to communities struggling with chronic water shortages and water related disease and illness. The results are often dramatic – people lead healthier lives, children attend school more regularly, families are able to focus on income-generating projects and overall quality of life is improved.
In areas where access to water is severely limited, PWS&D local partners work to improve current water sources, build new ones and install water storage tanks at schools to ensure children can access water throughout the day.
Clean water is reducing the prevalence of waterborne disease and illness.
PWS&D’s clean water and sanitation programs go beyond building wells by striving to empower local people to meet their own needs. Improved sanitation facilities help prevent the spread of illness and communities are taught about proper hygienic practices and are organized to maintain their new water sources for the long-term.
The benefits of accessing clean water and sanitation are like dropping pebbles into a pond and watching the ripples spread out. Not only does the gift of clean water relieve thirst, but children are also able to attend school and women can better care for their families, harvest crops and start small businesses. In areas where households struggle with hunger and need to establish food security, water from wells and boreholes can be used for livestock, gardens and irrigation systems to increase food production, extend growing periods and improve household income.
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