The Water Crisis
771 million people lack basic access to safe water
The Global Water Crisis
Clean drinking water and basic sanitation are critical to life. Without them, families walk miles for water that makes them sick, spend their income on medication, and struggle to send their children to school.
The good news: This is entirely preventable. We can end the crisis in our lifetime.
The water crisis disproportionately affects women.
In 80% of households without safe water, women and girls are responsible for gathering the day’s water. This takes women and girls away from activities like working and going to school, trapping them in a cycle of poverty.
And when it comes to giving birth, a lack of safe water in health centers results in up to eight percent of all maternal deaths globally. For women who don’t die, infections make them and their infants dangerously sick.
Safe water and sanitation creates a safer environment for women, one where women can live, pursue their dreams, and thrive as God intends.
The Water Crisis:
A Transformation Story
In Busikwe village, Uganda, tall sugarcane surround what used to be the only source of drinking water, a swamp filled with disease. Fourteen-year-old Maureen was overcome with fear every time she gathered water.
“As a girl, it was a threat to get water,” she said. “Two years ago, a girl my age was attacked.”
But, in 2018, Busikwe village received their own safe water. They adopted simple sanitation and hygiene practices to help manage their health.
“We felt at peace when we first received the new well,” Elizabeth, Maureen’s mother, said. “We danced and sang and celebrated.”
Maureen doesn’t fear anymore; instead, she is filled with hope.
“I hope to work for Lifewater!” she announced. “I have seen how they save lives.”