Water and Sanitation
One of the most urgent needs in the developing world today
Every day 2000 children die from waterborne diseases that are easily preventable.
With the help of our supporters, Compassion is working to change this by providing access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene education for Compassion assisted children, their families and communities. The impact of safe water solutions is invaluable: it reduces disease and death, and promotes healthier lives which can improve economic and educational outcomes.
These solutions could be in the form of:
- Water filters
- Wells and water tanks
- Toilets and showers
- Hand washing stations
Access to safe water is one of the most urgent needs in the developing world today, and together, we are giving families and communities hope and practical solutions.
Why Water and Sanitation is so important
2.4 billion people still lack access to adequate sanitation like toilet and sewage systems
502,000 people die every year from diarrhoea caused by unclean water and poor sanitation
An estimated 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related illness
The average distance women in developing countries walk to collect water each day is around 6 kilometres
Sources: WHO; The Water Project; UN-Water