Get clued up: Water and Sanitation
Winfreda Malilave holding a glass of clean water from the CAFOD-funded borehole.
Right now, 783 million people are living without access to clean water. 2.5 billion lack something as basic as a toilet and sewage system to flush away their waste. We are in the midst of a global water and sanitation crisis.
Lack of access to water threatens people’s health and dignity. Having to walk long distances to fetch water stops women and girls from earning a living or going to school.
We believe that water is precious, and so should be shared by all people on earth. Our vision is that all human beings, without distinction or discrimination, have access to safe water and sanitation.
That’s why, as part of the End Water Poverty coalition, we’re campaigning for:
- Concrete political and financial commitments to ensure the water and sanitation Millennium Development Goal is met, in full and across all countries, by 2015
- Full endorsement by all G8 countries of the international ‘Sanitation and Water for All’ initiative.
Thousands of you called on David Cameron to take a lead, as part of our Thirst for change campaign in 2012. Not only that, but you spread the word about water in schools, churches and local communities – through fashion shows, water walks, living on limited water and much more.