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Every child, no matter where they are in the world, has a dream about what they'll be when they grow up. But not every child has the opportunity to make it happen.

One in ten children don't have clean water, and one in three don't have a decent toilet. For them, it's normal to have to walk to a muddy pond to collect water. It's normal to miss school because they're sick with diarrhoea from drinking dirty water.

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"Water is my work."

For Samjhana, every day is a fight for clean water.

Image: WaterAid/Mani Karmacharya

Samjhana's story

In Nepal, teenager Samjhana has been collecting water for her family since she was six years old. The well, about a mile from her village, is sometimes filled with dirty water. Or there's no water at all.

Her daily trips to the well mean that sometimes she misses school. And since she's determined to become a teacher, missing out on study time isn't an option.

“It’s education that improves your life," she says.

“Collecting water is my work. And becoming a teacher is even greater work. If I become a teacher, I’d be proud of myself.”

With clean water closer to home, Samjhana would have more time to focus on what's most important to her. That's why we want you to join the fight for her, for her friends, and for the millions of children around the world who deserve healthier, happier childhoods.

don't have clean water close to home.

Children, especially girls, spend hours walking to collect water. This means less time to play and learn.

don't have a decent toilet.

Instead they have no choice but to go in the open - that's not a decision any child should have to make.

don't have clean water.

Millions of children have to drink dirty water, which can lead to deadly diseases.

Something worth fighting for

What happens when clean water becomes normal for children? Just ask Cynthia, a six year old from Madagascar. We worked with her community to bring clean water and a new toilet block to her school. "I no longer have to fetch water. Now I have time to play and study."

Image: WaterAid/Ernest Randriarimalala