During this pandemic, we need to do our part to help combat COVID-19 by practicing social distancing and maintaining proper hygiene. However, to have clean hands, you need both soap and clean water. Even in countries with the best water coverage rates, one in four people lack proper sanitation. Accessing clean water and soap is a tiring and difficult process for people in Africa.
Young women in villages spend a total of thirty-six hours a week walking miles to collect clean water and bring it back home in heavy plastic containers. By the time they arrive home, the water is contaminated with cholera, typhoid, or other diseases. That's four full school days where they are at risk of being kidnapped or abused while traveling. Thirty-six hours that they could use to educate themselves, build businesses, or care for their families.
The Water Project is working to educate people with health and hygiene training, build handwashing stations, and teach families how to make homemade masks. By donating, we can provide clean, safe, and reliable water to a community in Africa.