March 22 marks World Water Day. This is a day to acknowledge water as a basic human right and a life-saving necessity.
Today, around 2.2 billion people do not have access to safe water. Many children spend hours every day walking to collect water, sometimes missing out on the chance to go to school. This journey can be dangerous. For some, this daily routine to collect water can disrupt their lives. Children face the fear of being attacked and spend all day walking long distances and can miss out on the chance to go to school or to play with their friends.
By building essential infrastructure, as well as mobilizing and involving communities in the most remote areas of the world, UNICEF and its partners are working to provide clean and safe water to children, which is essential for them to survive and thrive. Last year alone, UNICEF reached almost 34 million people living in humanitarian emergencies with safe water.
The Importance of SAFE Water for Children
ACCESS TO SAFE WATER HELPS CHILDREN LEARN
When children are not busy collecting water, they have time to go to school. When schools have clean water, toilets and soap for handwashing, children have a healthy learning environment, and girls are more likely to attend when they have their period. Did you know? 80 per cent of the burden of fetching water is shouldered by women and girls. This often forces girls to miss school.
Water Health Bundle $22 Provides 123 people with tools to purify water, stay clean and treat waterborne illnesses.
ACCESS TO SAFE WATER HELPS KEEP CHILDREN HEALTHY
Every day over 700 children under the age of 5 die from diseases related to unsafe water, sanitation and poor hygiene. Every child has the right to water that is safe and free from contaminants. When children are able to drink, bathe and wash their clothes in safe water, they have a better chance of growing up without disease.
Water Purification Tablets $32 Provides families with safe water for drinking, bathing and household use
ACCESS TO SAFE WATER GIVES CHILDREN A CHANCE TO PLAY
For at least 263 million people, it takes over 30 minutes per round trip to collect water. When kids have safe water near their home, they don't have to worry about the long and often dangerous journey to collect it. They have time to play with their friends and to be children.
Local Water Pump $383 Improves the lives of families and children by providing access to a safe drinking water source.