663 million suffer worldwide due to the shortage of clean water
Every 1 in 10 people suffers from a shortage of water. That’s almost twice the population of the United States. The majority who live in isolated rural areas spend hours daily walking to collect water for their family. Walking to collect water is not just time-consuming, keeping children out of school or eating up the money-making hours of the parents, but the water often is a disease carrier that can make anyone sick.
Creating a more accessible source of water should shorten the distances covered by both young and old when fetching water, increasing the time to grow food, allow them to stay healthy, and give boys and girls equal opportunity to go to school.
Improving access to water should ensure communities can engage in undertakings which they previously couldn’t attend or with limited attention, in turn improving household incomes and nutritional outcomes.