Five ways water changes everything

Five ways water changes everything

When WaterAid helps a community dig a well or install a tapstand, it’s no exaggeration to say it’s the start of something life-changing.

Start with access to safe, clean water and it’s amazing what happens next.

  1. Water is health

It’s simple, but it’s true: safe water saves lives. It helps babies make it through their vulnerable first five years, gives new mums the best possible chance of survival, and gives everyone a fighting chance of avoiding waterborne diseases like typhoid and diarrhoea.

  1. Water is livelihoods

From managing a water kiosk to training as a mechanic; around the world, access to safe water is giving people the time and resources to find jobs, learn new skills and set up their own businesses, helping them lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

  1. Water is time

In many communities, collecting water is a job for girls and women. Around the world, it costs girls 152 million hours, every single day. But when they only need to carry it a few steps from the nearest waterpoint, that time is freed up – giving them the chance to laugh, play and go to school.

  1. Water is dignity

Water is the things we take for granted. It’s the knowledge that you can relieve yourself in a proper toilet – safely and discreetly, protected from the risk of assault or attack – instead of out in the open.

  1. Water is life

We never get tired of talking about water. Why? Because, quite simply, we can’t live without it – and every day, we get to hear the incredible stories of how it’s changing people’s lives. Forever.

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