A simple fact: Water is a necessity of life. Yet two billion people in the world are living without basic sanitation and one quarter of the people living in the developing world have no access to clean drinking water.
As a result over 12 million people die each year from preventable, water born, diseases such as malaria and diarrhoea. Every single day, 30,000 children die for the same reasons.
Dirty water kills 5 million people a year.
The average distance women in Africa walk to collect water is 6km”
Inadequate water, wells, sanitation and hygiene not only cause sickness and death, as shortages in water can lead to harvest failures and even famine. All these factors combine together to contribute to the continuing cycle of poverty in developing countries.
At the International Relief Foundation (IRF), we believe that access to clean water is not a privilege, but a basic right, a need that should be fulfilled for everyone.