Water and sanitation

Right now, 844 million people are living without access to clean water. 2.3 billion lack something as basic as a toilet and sewage system to flush away their waste. 31% of schools don’t have clean water and around the world up to 443 million school days are lost every year because of water-related illnesses. 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.

Turning dirty water into clean water

Here at CAFOD, we are trying to turn dirty water into clean water.

For many poor communities, the local water source is a dirty pond or stream. Diarrhoea kills a young child every 90 seconds.

CAFOD’s water filter campaign is helping people who face the risk of fatal disease every time they wash, cook or drink – by providing simple, low-cost water filters for them.  

This water filter is a lifesaver. It transforms dirty water into clean, drinkable water in an hour. A lifeline for families without a clean water source. We've made sure that it is simple to put together and uses materials available even in remote communities.

Our water filters use just sand and charcoal. Effective, cheap and easy to maintain, they save lives.

By donating today, you can help more people in developing countries protect their health and their lives.

Donate to CAFOD's water filter campaign

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