Clean Water

For billions of people around the world, accessing clean water is not as easy as turning on your faucet. 

  • 2.2 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services.  
  • An estimated 446,000 children younger than 5 years die from waterborne illnesses like diarrhea. 
  • 670 million lack basic hygiene services with no handwashing facilities at all.

The good news is our charity partners listed below are working to ensure access to clean water is a reality for everyone around the world. Their programs include drilling wells; installing pumps, pipes and toilets; educating communities about proper hygiene and sanitation; and more.  

Explore blog posts, images, success stories and videos to see the impact of their work.

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Success Stories

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On 16 September 2020, a student stands in an empty classroom in Panama City, Panama. A generation of children in Latin America and the Caribbean are missing out on schooling because of COVID-19. Due to the pandemic, 97 per cent of the region’s students have been deprived of their normal schooling. More than seven months into…
Michel became a mom in June 2021, when baby Nathan was born; she’s part of the Wayuu community. She lives with her dad, brother and another child that a friend asked her to care for two years ago. She’s a medical laboratory technician and holds a B.A. in Administration. Although she currently works as a…
*A happy girl at the playground of her school made out of recycled plastic bricks, in Toumodi-Sakassou, in the center of Côte d’Ivoire. Due to COVID-19, the schools were closed for several weeks. Classes started, and children are happy to see their friends…UNICEF Côte d’Ivoire has partnered with Columbian social business Conceptos Plasticos to turn…
What do you do when the school where you’ve devoted your entire life has its source of water cut off, and your students are left to fend for themselves? Luci Ramirez has been a teacher for 30 years at Canton Xesic Primero, a school nestled in the hilly landscapes outside of Santa Cruz del Quiché,…
A fight against the spread of hunger is underway across East Africa, where 32.9 million people are experiencing a complex hunger crisis driven by conflict, the economic impacts of the global pandemic, swarms of desert locusts, and extreme weather conditions. According to the United Nations, at least 5.3 million people in Ethiopia, South Sudan, and…
The rainy season has ended in southern Ethiopia and the long period of thirst has begun. People in the remote villages of Borena region, and in particular, women make day-long journeys for water. “I used to travel all the way to the top of the mountain and then all the way down to fetch water….