The crisis for children

A lack of clean water and decent toilets can be deadly, and babies and young children are the most vulnerable.

We work in some of the toughest places in the world, where a child is likely to have an average of ten attacks of diarrhoea before they reach their fifth birthday.

Every two minutes, another child under five years old dies from water and sanitation-related diseases.

The daily task of collecting water dominates the lives of many children, especially girls. The weight of the water containers they carry can cause damage to their head, neck and spine, leading to health problems later in life.

Having to walk long distances to collect water, and then stand in line for their turn, leaves children with little or no time to go to school. Many miss out on their education entirely.

Around 60% of the children currently not enrolled in school around the world are girls. They often drop out when they get their period due to the lack of decent toilets.

 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.