Water Scarcity and Children

Water Facts

Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease.

160 million+ children suffer from stunted growth and chronic malnutrition, studies link water and sanitation as a key reason.

Women and children spend 125 million hours each day collecting water

443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related diseases.

Water availability in households is an important factor in the enrollment, attendance and drop-out rates of children. School enrollment rates increase by up to 15% in communities who gained more reliable access to clean water.

Nearly 5,000 children die every day from a water-related illness.

Children in poor environments, mainly developing nations, often carry 1,000 parasitic worms in their bodies at any one time.

Diarrhea is currently one of the greatest killers of children in the world.

The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.

Walking miles in remote areas often put children, especially young women at risk. Aside from the risk of being attacked by animals, such as crocodile and large cats that live along the water route. Children are often assaulted, raped and abducted. Reliable and nearby access to clean water can prevent these traumatizing experiences.