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Solo, 13, struggles to lift a jerry can of dirty water, in Antohobe, Madagascar. Solo no longer goes to school; as the only girl in the family, her life is dominated by collecting water for her family.

Heavy responsibility

Solo and Ze are best friends who live in rural Madagascar. Every day, Solo and Ze must lift their body weight in water and carry it home up a steep and difficult path.

A painful walk for water

“The walk is very difficult. It’s narrow, with plants all along the side of the path that are spiky and hurt our arms."

The importance of hygiene

Happy pupils from the public primary school in Akondromena wash their hands at tippy taps after using the newly built school toilet. Hand washing alone could cut the risk of diarrhoea almost in half, saving hundreds of lives every day.

edoda, 10 years old, and his friend Roger, 10 years old, washing their hands at the newly built handwashing facility at the public primary school of Anjazafotsy. Andranomafana commune, Betafo district, Vakinankaratra region, Madagascar. January 2014.

Transforming lives

Before safe water arrived in Anjafotsy collecting water had a huge impact on school children like Ledoda's, 10, studies as they used to get up early to fetch water before going to school and then again after lunch and again in the late afternoon. They spent almost two to three hours a day fetching water.

Harmful water

Claire, 8, is collecting dirty water from her village's only water point in an unprotected spring. The spring is tainted with sulphur, which caused sickness and meant that many of the villagers lost multiple teeth.

Promoting toilets and hygiene

Olinoh, 10, is stood smiling infront of the newly installed hygeinic toilet block in her school: "A toilet is important because it protects us from all the rubbish and the dirt"