Bad water is the root of a lot of other big issues. Lots of serious health problems, like cholera, worms, dysentery, and diarrhea are caused by bad water. Women and children often can’t work or go to school because they have to walk great distances to get water that can make their family or themselves sick. Crops don’t grow as well when there isn’t enough water.
Gaining access to clean water is often the first step needed for people to reduce disease, grow more food, and for children to stay in school. We like to describe it this way – clean water breaks the cycle of extreme poverty and gives people hope. Once people get clean water, they have an important tool for unlocking their potential, and great things often follow. Want to learn more? Read Why Water?