Access to clean water can mean the difference between life and death. Since 1990, 2.6 billion people have gained access to improved drinking water sources, but there is still work to be done to improve the livelihood of the 663 million people without access to safe drinking water.
In developing communities, women and girls have the primary responsibility of collecting water from distant sources. This means they often miss out on school and income-generating activities at home while hauling water for themselves and their families.
With access to clean water, families are able to have their girls attend school, watch their crops flourish at home and improve their personal health. Children are especially at risk for water-related diseases, and with better access to clean water school attendance rates increase—expanding the opportunities in children’s lives.