The water they collect is dirty, and often comes from sources shared by animals. Yet despite the risk to their children, mothers have no choice. “I collect water three times a day… By the time I reach the water place I have sweat all over me,” says Si Deu (pictured) in Cambodia.
Women like Si Deu walk for an average of six kilometres, often carrying 20kg of water on their head. This has severe implications especially for young girls or pregnant women.
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“I collect water three times a day… By the time I reach the water place I have sweat all over me,” says Si Deu in Cambodia.
Walking hours for water stops girls from attending school or working. Women and girls spend 200 million hours collecting water each year. Imagine what would be possible if girls spent that time in school instead!
Having access to clean water is a powerful way to help whole communities break free from poverty and transform lives for good.
With the help of amazing people like you, we’re working in some of the toughest places in the world. Together, we’ve already reached millions of people with clean water and decent toilets... But many more children are still at risk of disease, death and the burden of collecting dirty water.
The weight of water is not just how heavy it is. It’s also the cost… Sickness, injuries, work hours lost, and invaluable school time missed. Not to mention danger on the road.
With your help, we can lighten the load for women who are struggling under the weight of the water crisis.
This is all possible with your support.