Put water within reach

Access to clean water is a basic human right. You can help put clean water within reach for women and girls.

Balbina spends more than eight hours a day collecting water for her children. “The water source is far away,” she describes, “The walk is too hot! Especially now in the dry season it is very hot to bring heavy water... My body feels very tired, on my head I have a basket and I need to carry two jerry cans. Often I feel sick but I have to go.

When Balbina has to care for her baby boy, she has no choice but sends her daughter, Karla, to get water before school.

“Sometimes if they are queuing for collecting water, my daughter can’t go to school because she is late,” Balbina says sadly, “Once or twice a week she misses school. So she gets behind.”

Tragically, this is very common for girls around the world. The task of collecting water almost always falls on girls or women. This stops them from going to school or being productive.

The water they walk for is dirty and can make them ill. Thousands of children under five die each year of diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. So while Balbina hopes the water she collects won’t make her children sick, she never really knows…

That’s why your gift is very important today. When you help give a village clean water, you will free mums and daughters - like Balbina and Karla - from the hardship of walking. You’ll also help protect children from sickness too!

This is a great way to make changes that can last!

Balbina and her childrenWaterAid/Jerry Galea
"Because I have a small baby I have to go to collect water four to five times in a day." – Balbina 

How putting water within reach helps

Together we can help end the walk and sickness, by putting clean water within reach for women, girls and their communities.

While installing taps and toilets is essential, so is changing people’s habits and attitudes. So we’ll work in communities, using your support to help provide:

  • Sustainable and clean water
  • Decent toilets appropriate for the local area
  • Education about hygiene for health
  • Training in maintenance and repair of water resources
  • Advocacy for the change of policies and practices

It’s truly a gift of life that lasts – protecting children from deadly diseases of dirty water, and setting women and girls free from the task of walking for water. This gives girls the chance to attend school, and women time for work and care for children.

Please give to help end the walk and sickness, by putting clean water within reach!