Water and sanitation

Winfreda Malilave with water

Winfreda Malilave holding a glass of clean water from a 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.

In April 2012, four months into the Thirst for change campaign, the UK government announced increased support to benefit over 60 million people -the equivalent of the entire UK population- over the next three years. Your actions lent weight and influence around this issue at a vital time, and mean that we can keep pressing the government to go further and faster on this issue and on other root causes of poverty.

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