Global Water Crisis

2.1 billion people around the world lack access to safe water.

That’s one-third of the world’s population.


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Women spend 200 million hours
every day walking for water.1

Deen, Thalif. “Global Policy Forum.” Women Spend 40 Billion Hours Collecting Water, Inter Press Service, 31 Aug. 2012, www.globalpolicy.org/component/content/article/218/51875-women-spend-40-billion-hours-collecting-water.html.

Farley, Malcolm G. “How Long Does It Take to Get Water? For Aysha, Eight Hours a Day.” UNICEF USA, UNICEF USA, 1 Mar. 2018, www.unicefusa.org/stories/how-long-does-it-take-get-water-aysha-eight-hours-day/30776.

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443 million school days are missed
every year because of the global
water crisis.2

Prüss-Ustün, A, et al. “Burden of Disease from Inadequate Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Low- and Middle-Income Settings: a Retrospective Analysis of Data from 145 Countries.” Tropical Medicine & International Health : TM & IH., U.S. National Library of Medicine, Aug. 2014, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24779548.

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One person dies every 37 seconds
from water-related illnesses.3

“Facts and Figures about Water.” World Water Council, 2 June 2010, www.worldwatercouncil.org/fileadmin/wwc/WMC/Press_kit_kick_off_-_english.pdf.

“Sick Water? The Central Role of Wastewater Management in Sustainable Development.” GRID-Arendal, Grid-Arendal, 2010, www.grida.no/publications/218.

“Water and Sustainable Development: From Vision to Action.” UN, UN-Water, 2015, www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/pdf/WaterandSD_Vision_to_Action-2.pdf.

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Every $1 invested in safe water
yields $4–$34 in economic return.4

Watkins, Kevin, and Christopher Trott. “Human Development Report 2006.” Edited by Bruce Ross-Larson, UN, United Nation’s Development Programme, 2006, hdr.undp.org/sites/default/files/reports/267/hdr06-complete.pdf.

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50% of the developing world’s
hospital beds are filled with people
suffering from water-related diseases.5

Hutton, Guy. “Global Costs and Benefits of Drinking-Water Supply and Sanitation Interventions to Reach the MDG Target and Universal Coverage.” World Health Organization, WHO and The United Nations Children’s Fund, 2012, www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/publications/2012/globalcosts.pdf.

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4.4 billion people lack access
to adequate sanitation.6

Progress on Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: 2017 Update and SDG Baselines. Geneva: World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 2017. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.

Water is the world’s most basic resource.

It has the power to give life – and take it.

But there is hope.

We believe that we can end the global water crisis in our lifetime. With
your help, Water Mission has served more than 3.6 million people in 55
countries with lasting safe water solutions.


Hortencia Tomas Perez, 32, and family. Water Mission - El Encanto, Mexico 2016
Dada Angelo and family, Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement, Uganda, October 19, 2017
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Villa Nueva Reforma, Requena, Peru - February 5, 2015
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Meet Hortencia

A single mother of six, Hortencia works tirelessly to provide for her family. After helping promote Water Mission’s work in her community, she was thrilled when safe water began to flow! Read how safe water has brought freedom to Hortencia and her family.

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Meet Dada Angelo

For millions of refugees forced to flee their homes as a result of war, famine, and political unrest, creating new lives in foreign countries can be traumatic and painful. Read how safe water and the love of Jesus are bringing healing to refugee families like Dada Angelo’s.

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Meet Dina

Thirteen-year-old Dina enjoys attending school and hopes to become a teacher one day. Sadly, waterborne illnesses and time spent collecting dirty water frequently keep students from their studies. Read how safe water is bringing Dina closer to seeing her dreams become reality!

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Meet Segundo

Early in the morning, as Segundo tended the family’s crops, his young daughters would make the dangerous trek for dirty water. Segundo’s greatest desire was to see them free of this burden. Read how safe water is helping to give his daughters a brighter future.

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Meet Hayani

Hayani used to walk nearly three miles to collect water for her family, not knowing that this dirty water was making her young children sick. Now, instead of spending hours collecting water, Hayani has time to joyfully play with her children and watch them grow. Read her story.

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