Water is Life
Over 2 billion people lack access to safe, readily-available water at home. Nearly two-thirds of primary schools in developing countries don’t have private, safe bathrooms for girls, which significantly decreases girls’ attendance. Over 1 billion people without toilets have to practice open defecation, which can cause diarrheal diseases and put girls at risk for assault. And half of the world's hospital beds are filled with people suffering from water-related illnesses like cholera and typhoid.
But everyone should have access to clean water. All of our lives depend on it.
The search for and collection of safe water is difficult, time consuming, and dangerous. It’s a chore that often falls on the shoulders of girls in the developing world. And it comes with risk of injury, assault, missed time at school, exhaustion and long-term health issues.
Without clean water, sustainable hygiene is impossible. According to the CDC, hand washing can prevent one in three diarrhea-related sicknesses and one in five respiratory infections, such as a cold or flu. One simple Gift of Hope like a hand-washing station for an elementary school can be life-changing.
You — alone or with a group — can reach generations of people with your water gift, creating ripple effects across our planet. Clean water and sanitation will allow more girls to attend school and safely manage their periods. When committed Plan supporters like you have funded clean water projects, we've seen more than a 15% increase in school enrollment rates for girls.