The Water Burden

Water is something that you and I often take for granted, Sandra. But millions of women and girls don’t have that luxury. Collectively, girls spend about 200 million hours a day gathering water. Imagine a world in which they all had safe and convenient access to drinking water. 

For Aysha, a young Ethiopian girl, that would mean devoting eight hours of the day to studying, working and playing. With those eight hours back, she would have the chance at a better future — one that she is currently denied.  This is a day in her life.

Water is something that you and I often take for granted, Sandra. But millions of women and girls don’t have that luxury. Collectively, girls spend about 200 million hours a day gathering water. Imagine a world in which they all had safe and convenient access to drinking water. 

For Aysha, a young Ethiopian girl, that would mean devoting eight hours of the day to studying, working and playing. With those eight hours back, she would have the chance at a better future — one that she is currently denied.  This is a day in her life.

At the Bubwika primary school in Uganda, a UNICEF-installed underground water pump for students and the surrounding community has led to increased attendance and school completion rates for the young female students. With clean water now available, the girls can focus on their education and their futures.

With your support, UNICEF is currently working in over 100 countries to help provide the most vulnerable communities with safe water, sanitation and hygiene, fixing this water burden and empowering girls like Aysha.

Yesterday was World Water Day. Thanks to you, we’re working every day to create a future in which all children have safe and available water.

Warmest regards,

Donor Engagement Team
UNICEF New Zealand

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