The power of water – A global crisis

Water connects every aspect of life. Access to safe water and sanitation can quickly turn problems into potential – empowering people with time for school and work, and contributing to improved health for women, children, and families around the world. 

A health crisis

The water crisis is a health crisis. Nearly 1 million people die each year from water, sanitation and hygiene-related diseases which could be reduced with access to safe water or sanitation. Every 2 minutes a child dies from a water-related disease. Access to safe water and sanitation contributes to improved health and helps prevent the spread of infectious diseases. It means reduced child and maternal mortality rates. It means reduced physical injury from constant lifting and carrying heavy loads of water. As we continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever access to safe water is critical to the health of families around the world.


Today, 771 million people – 1 in 10 – lack access to safe water and 1.7 billion people – 1 in 4 – lack access to a toilet.


How does the world water crisis affect women and girls?

For women, the water crisis is personal. They are responsible for finding a resource their families need to survive – for drinking, cooking, sanitation and hygiene. They may stand in line and wait for water, they may walk long distances to collect water, or they may pay exorbitant amounts of money to secure water. In their efforts to get water for their families, they often face an impossible choice – certain death without water or possible death due to illness from dirty water. 

Today, women around the world will spend a collective 200 million hours collecting water. In addition to time spent collecting water, millions may also spend significant amounts of time finding a place to go. This makes up an additional 266 million hours of time each day lost because they have no toilet at home. 

Access to safe water and sanitation gives kids time and health for school

When children don’t have access to water at home, they are often responsible for collecting it for their families. Sharing the burden with their mothers, children around the world spend 200 million hours each day collecting water. This takes time away from school. Likewise, poor sanitation keeps kids, especially girls, from being able to go to school.

Allied Magazine is making an on-going monthly contribution to help families in need around the world — giving hope, health and the opportunity for a bright future. For every magazine sold, we will donate $1 to water.org!

How can you help?

Your donation empowers families living in poverty with lasting access to safe water and the hope, health and opportunity it brings. Donate here

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