You might not think it, but having clean water transforms all areas of life.
Clean water doesn’t just save lives. It empowers women and girls, it gives children an education, it improves healthcare and helps business to thrive. Communities that are more productive and resilient because of these things can rise out of poverty. That's the water effect.
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She’s a water technician from Nicaragua. Shana had to drop out of school when she was young to take over household duties, missing out on vital education. In 2015 WaterAid trained her in how to construct rainwater harvesting tanks.
When given equal opportunities to succeed, women and girls everywhere can rise to the top.
He’s a teacher from Sierra Leone. Not long ago, his village didn’t even have a school, let alone a clean water supply. Now they have both. This means his students can stay healthy enough to come to school, and Aruna can make sure they learn and develop important skills.
Ensuring children can stay in school gives them more opportunities to become whatever they dream of and support themselves in the future.
He’s a midwife from Rwanda. He loves his job and the happiness it brings to new mothers. This is the first place he’s worked which has a supply of clean water – in other centres, expecting mothers had to bring their own water with them.
Improving standards in hospitals and clinics helps people live happier, healthier lives.
She owns a tea stall in Khulna, Bangladesh. Now there’s a water point nearby she can make tea from fresh water, which brings in more customers and more money. It also means Josna can spend more time on her tailoring business. Having two sources of income gives Josna a greater chance of achieving her dream – having a house of her own.
Enabling people to be more productive means more income for families, communities and whole countries.