The water crisis leaves more than 663 million without access to safe water & billion without access to sanitation. Learn about how the global water crisis affects women, health, children, education and the economy.
Photo from project "Chikhwawa Water and Sanitation Project – Malawi". In this project, Six completed community shallow wells now provide water for 750 people in the following communities: MphangoWalimba, Mandele, Nyaulomba, Ndombo and Nyalugwe with 125 users per water point. In each of the communities, 55 household Eco-san latrines have been constructed, for a total of 330 latrines. On average each latrine serves five people, thus a total of 1650 beneficiaries for the 6 communities.
It is most often young girls and women who do the carrying of water. They sometimes get up hours before dawn and walk through dangerous areas, prey to elephants and unfriendly neighbors, carrying 20-liter jerry cans on their backs – weighing more than they do. Usually this water is not clean and people are continually sick with dysentery and more serious illnesses.
For the first time, people are able to wash their hands, their clothes and their bodies during the dry season (several months.) When you are walking five to ten kilometers a day carrying 20-30 liters of water, you cannot afford to use it for anything but the most necessary life sustaining tasks.