Effects on Women


A typical woman or child will walk 6 kilometers every day to fetch contaminated water which she knows will kill 25% of her family.

During a random 20 year period of time, due to the enslaving task of fetching water, a woman is likely to be...

  • Raped
  • Suffer bone fractures
  • will endure multiple bouts of malaria
  • drop out of school
  • become a child mother herself
  • be beaten and injured
  • suffer animal bites and countless infections.

In the effort to save the lives of her family, several of her children and siblings will die from the contaminated water she brings home.

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More than a billion people do not have access to safe water and well over 2 billion people live without adequate sanitation. At any given time, more than half of the developing world’s population is suffering from one or more of the main diseases associated with unsafe water and poor sanitation.


For children, the chances of survival dwindle in the absence of these essentials. Every day, 6,000 children die of water­ related diseases.

Young children are the first to get sick and die from waterborne and sanitation­ related illnesses—including diarrheal diseases and malaria.

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