The Water Problem
The water problem is vast in developing nations where 3.4 million people die each year from water-related diseases. Women and young girls walk on average 3.5miles each days to fetch water spending more than 4 hours a day to get water for their families. More than 884 million people in the world lack access to safe water supplies.
In Ethiopia, only 42% of the population has access to clean water supply, and only 21% of the population has access to adequate sanitation services. The problem is severe in the rural parts where women collect water from shallow ponds that are unsafe for drinking which leads to infections and sickness in children. In these areas only 45% of kids attend primary school as most young girls are put to work collecting water each morning and helping their families.
- Population access to clean water 42%
- Population access to adequate sanitation services 21%
- Children attending primary school 45%