About 50% of us are currently struggling with water shortages – sufficient water (according to WHO) is between 50 and 100 liters of water per person per day.

This shortage means:

  • Disease

    Water is taken from the contaminated location or the same sources used for bathing and washing clothes.

  • Time and Effort

    Mothers and children sometimes walk 4-12 hours for water. Physically accessible water (according to WHO) has to be within 1000 meters of the home and collection time should not exceed 30 minute.

    Picture of children fetching water carrying jerry cans on their heads

  • Ignorance

    Children getting water can’t be in school.

  • Poverty

    Time fetching water can’t be used to create income and the water fetched turns out to be unaffordable. Affordable water for personal and domestic uses costs 3% of household income (as per UNDP’s suggestion)

  • Danger

    Hippos and crocodiles and other natural predators may live in or near the river or lake.