Water is the most basic necessity but an estimated 700 million people do not have access to safe, clean water. That’s one in ten people who have no choice but to drink and use contaminated water. This puts them at risk of diseases like dysentery, diarrhoea and cholera, which can be fatal. Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease, making it the biggest cause of disease and death in the world. On average, women in Africa and Asia walk for 3 hours every day to fetch water, often in blistering heat.
How you can help
No human being should have to go without access to safe, clean water. Human Appeal is working with partners around the world to turn around this desperate situation. In Bangladesh, just £50 can provide a family with safe water and hygiene facilities, and £5,000 can equip two whole villages with clean water and sanitation. In Iraq, £25,000 will provide 6,000 vulnerable people with clean water. Now is the time to give.