THE IMPACT OF LIFELONG ACCESS
“When you see somebody who hasn’t had access to safe water suddenly get it, it’s really like this Lazarus effect of their spirit, where you see their smile and their hope, and their joy,” said Damon. “Suddenly, they’re planning for a future that once didn’t seem possible.”
This is true for children, especially girls, who are often responsible for collecting water for their families, which takes time away from school and play. Reducing the time spent collecting water has been found to increase school attendance.
Access to safe water and sanitation at home changes this. The difference in having access to water at home cannot be understated—it improves health and helps families protect themselves from illness and disease. It means reduced child and maternal mortality rates. It means improved health, privacy, and safety for women and girls. It means reduced spread of disease. It means reduced physical injury from constant lifting and carrying heavy loads of water. It means children have time to play and the opportunity for a bright future.
The global water crisis is a call to arms. Water is not just a commodity; it's a lifeline. It's the foundation upon which health, education, and prosperity are built. Water.org's work is more than a solution—it's a revolution.
“I believe water is the best investment you can make to improve health, empower women, enable access to education, increase family income, fight climate change, and change lives,” said White. “For $25 Water.org can bring one family lasting access to safe water.”
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