It’s hard to believe that the water we throw out after having a bath or washing the dishes is cleaner than the water many children have to drink. However, 6000 children will die every day in Africa because they do not have access to clean water.
Abaana has provided 30 wells in a number of different countries across Africa. At the moment, we are focusing on Uganda and ensuring that all the communities we work with have access to safe, clean water.
The cost of building a well can be between £1,000 and £6,000.
We also aim to provide our schools with water harvesting equipment to ensure rain water gets used with the maximum efficiency.
The cost for water harvesting equipment is £1,000 (per school block).
With both of these in place we know that the children attending our projects and the communities around them have access to clean water.
- 783 million people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water.
- 3.4 million people die from water related diseases each year.
- Every minute at least one child dies from diarrhoea.
- Each flush of the toilet uses the same amount of water that one person in the Third World uses all day for washing, cleaning, cooking and drinking.
- Women and children can spend up to six hours a day fetching water.
- In Africa, the average distance a woman walks to fetch water is 6km.
- The negative health impact of using dirty water, along with the time and energy spent fetching this water has a huge impact on a person’s ability to find work or gain an education.