Why We Walk for Water

We Walk for Water so one day, they won't have to. 

Worldwide, 844 million people lack access to clean water. The average distance to any water source is 6 kilometres away, resulting in a long, strenuous and dangerous Walk for Water. 

Women and girls are the primary water fetchers. This takes girls out of school and women out of paid labour. Not having access to clean water means death and sickness rates remain high - devastating even.

So, what are the statistics?

2.3 billion people don't have a decent toilet of their own.

Every minute a newborn dies from infection caused by lack of safe water and an unclean environment.

Diarrhoea caused by dirty water and poor toilets kills a child under 5 every 2 minutes. 

The World Bank says promoting good hygiene is one of the most cost effective health interventions.

844 million people don’t have clean water close to home.

Around the world up to 443 million school days are lost every year because of water-related illnesses.

Every $1 invested in water and toilets returns an average of $4 in increased productivity.

If everyone, everywhere had clean water, the number of diarrhoeal deaths would be cut by a third.

Photos by Ernest Randriarimalala