A dangerous path to collect water

Susmita is a mum in India and every day she straps her baby son, Sanjit, to her back as she walks to collect water for her family. To get there, they must cross a dangerous, rickety old bridge that is little more than a few decaying bamboo rods. But it’s the only way to cross the canal between her and the water she desperately needs.

In spite of the danger, Susmita and all the women of her village, and many young girls, have to cross the fragile bridge every day.

Susmita and her son Sanjit, West Bengal India
“I am afraid to take my son along on that broken bridge”

Like any mum, Susmita is worried about the future for her son, and how she’ll protect him from disease. Children like two-year-old Sanjit, are the most vulnerable to diseases that cause diarrhoea, which takes thousands of lives every year...

Donate today, to help give the lifesaving gift of water that’s close to home and safe to drink. And you will help make sure children can wash their hands, to stop the spread of diseases that kill too.

With clean water close to home children like Sanjit will be become healthier, stronger and can live lives filled with possibilities instead of deadly diseases.

Give the gift of life to children like Sanjit.


Sanjit drinking water
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