Water is vital to life. Yet about a third of the world’s population lacks access to clean water. Every day, women and children carry the burden of trekking to collect water for bathing, washing, drinking, and cooking.
Project Refuge has witnessed the consequences of not having a safe, localized source of water. Children from Uganda, for example, walk two miles after school to collect water. When lines are long, they resort to filling up at nearby swamps, placing their village at great risk for waterborne diseases. Worldwide, these diseases are a leading cause of death.
Every human deserves access to clean water. We closely work with local community members to drill boreholes that provide fresh, drinkable water. This greatly reduces the effort required to collect water, freeing up time for school and economic opportunities. More importantly, communities experience significantly better health outcomes and are able to thrive.
80% of illnesses
in developing countries are water-related
783 million people
do not have access to clean and safe water worldwide
40 billion hours
are spent collecting water in sub-saharan Africa per year
What if getting a drink of water wasn’t as simple as turning on the tap? What if everyday, you had to walk miles down a dusty path with the hot sun on your back, to bring water home to your family?
Millions are without a clean and accessible source of water. Water should not be a luxury, it should be a birthright for all men, women, and children.