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 crossing bridge, West Bengal India
“I am afraid to take my son along on that broken bridge”

Today Susmita will leave her son with a relative so she doesn’t risk his life as well as her own.

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...

Become a monthly donor today and help give the lifesaving gift of clean water to children like Sanjit - that’s close to home and safe to drink.

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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In the last 39 years, we’ve gone from strength to strength to become one of the most respected organisations dealing solely with water, sanitation and hygiene issues.

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