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Without clean water, Emmanuel’s future is at risk

On a vast, barren plain in rural Kenya, eight-year-old Emmanuel kneels down next to a narrow, open irrigation ditch. He reaches into the dirty brown water to fill up his jerry can.

He knows that drinking this water is harmful. It’s filled with rubbish, animal waste and bacteria that can cause deadly diseases, like diarrhoea and cholera. 

“The water is dirty,” Emmanuel says. “Sometimes it makes me sick.”

But he has no other water to drink. Emmanuel’s family have no money to buy clean water so their only option is to collect this dirty irrigation water for drinking, cooking and washing. 

It’s taken Emmanuel an hour to walk to reach this water. It will take him even longer to walk back home, as he has to rest several times from carrying the heavy container. It’s a gruelling task, and the dirty water will only last them a few days before he has to do it all again.

Emmanuel’s sister couldn’t find work today. With their parents gone, 22-year-old Eunice does her best to look after Emmanuel and his brother.

But without a steady job, most of the time her struggling family has no clean water. There’s no money for food, clothes, medicine or school fees either. 

Sometimes they have to choose between buying water or food. Other times choosing to buy water means Emmanuel can’t afford to go to school. 

For Emmanuel, clean water would change everything.

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Clean water changes everything

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Clean water solutions

When you help give children like Emmanuel access to clean, fresh water you provide a lifetime of benefits.



Better health: Diarrhoea, cholera and worms are some of the illnesses children can face from drinking dirty water. Access to clean water and proper sanitation and hygiene means good health.



 More time in school: Waterborne illnesses and long journeys to collect water cause children to miss school. Providing clean water close to home means more time for them to learn.



Improved safety: Children and women are often tasked with collecting water and many have to travel long distances alone, at risk of attack from predators. A water point located within a community improves everyone’s safety.


Financial_black Financial security: Spending money to buy clean water takes vital income away from other expenses like food and education. Providing families with a more affordable water supply allows them to direct their limited income to other important household needs.


With your support, World Vision can create sustainable, affordable solutions so families like Emmanuel’s can have reliable access to clean, fresh water every day.

Solutions like building school hand-washing stations to prevent the spread of disease, installing borehole pumps so communities have a reliable, accessible source of clean water, and training communities to monitor their water quality.

Last year, World Vision supporters around the world helped 2.37 million people get access to an improved water supply. That’s one new person getting access to clean water every 30 seconds. Our goal is to reach one new person every 10 seconds with clean water by 2020 and after that … everyone!

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What could universal access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene do?


The number of patients in hospitals in developing countries could be reduced by 50 percent.


The lives of almost 1,400 children who die daily from preventable diarrhoea could be saved.


The cases of global malnutrition in children could be reduced by 50 percent.

Benardet from Zambia (left) has access to clean drinking water and school children in Vietnam (right) practice proper hygiene, meaning they can all grow up happy and healthy.

No one should have to drink dirty, unsafe water.

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