Our work: Water
We’re reaching someone new with clean water every 10 seconds. And three new schools every day. *
Every child deserves clean water.
But every day, almost 1,000 young children die from dirty water diseases.
World Vision is the leading and largest non-governmental provider of water in the developing world.
“Before, I walked for three hours to collect water from the river,” Kamama’s mum, Julia explains.
It was dirty water. But she had no other choice.
Then in 2015 – thanks to child sponsors’ support – Julia and her neighbours worked with World Vision to pipe mountain spring water directly to the village.
And Kamama’s future was reshaped.
What’s the problem?
Water scarcity can look different for different communities.
Drought – unreliable or late rains – means water sources dry up. Families are forced to travel further to find drinking water and might end up using unsafe, dirty water.
Contamination from industry or agriculture makes water supplies undrinkable in some places. But what if you have no alternative?
Water shortage leads to all kinds of issues, from health problems (waterborne diseases and poor sanitation) to failed crops (then malnutrition and poverty).
How do we help?
In emergencies our teams can provide:
Protecting people's health and dignity when they’re already in crisis.
Our long term work with communities brings:
Then better hygiene and sanitation:
Better waste management
Handwashing and food safety
And better health
Lasting transformation: From clean water, new life flows
Between 2010 and 2016, we helped 12.5 million people get access to clean water.
And from 2016 to 2020, our goal is to reach 20 million.
With clean drinking water, so much changes:
Children have time and energy to go to school – instead of collecting water.
Farmers can grow more and better crops – so they earn a better income and everyone benefits from an improved diet.
Children are healthier – no more diarrhoea, better hygiene and nutritious food.
When children no longer face long, lonely walks to collect water, they’re safer. And they have time to play with friends, and to be with family.
*Based on an average of 2.86 million people per year over the last five years (2013-2017) reached with access to clean water, and an average of seven schools/ day over the past two years (2016-2017).
2.86 million people per year/ 31,536 million seconds per year results in one person on average every 10 seconds being reached with clean water. An average of 2,264 schools were reached over two years. That is equivalent to seven schools per day, rounded down to three schools per day to account for potential fluctuations from year to year given that data has been tracked for only two years.