The global water and sanitation crisis impacts poor families in remote villages the most

844 million people live without clean water. 2.3 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation.

That’s almost one third of the globe that doesn’t have a safe place to go to the bathroom, and 1 in 10 without clean water. Most live in remote, unreached places.

Read the Top 10 Water Crisis Facts

Every 60 seconds a child dies from a preventable waterborne disease.

In fact, most deaths of children under five are caused by preventable diseases. The most common contributor? Unsafe water and poor sanitation/hygiene.

7 Most Common Waterborne Diseases (and how to prevent them)

Children miss 443 million days of school each year fetching water and fighting illness.

The water crisis keeps children trapped in a cycle of poverty. They miss school when they are sick, or when schools don’t have clean water and safe bathrooms.

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More than 25% of new water projects fail in just three years.

Not all water projects are created equal. The UN estimates that in Sub-Saharan Africa alone, between 30-60% of wells have failed (Lifewater wells have a 98% success rate since 2015).

Why Do Water Projects Fail So Often?


Women and children are regularly exploited and injured on the dangerous journey for water.

Fetching water over long distances and in the dark is dangerous. Women and children are particularly vulnerable. Unfortunately, the work of gathering water usually falls to them.

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You can help end the water crisis.

Providing safe water to rural communities is the #1 most cost-effective way to end poverty.

Give to a water project today.