Having access to clean water is the first step to breaking the cycle of poverty, yet 663 million people still live without it.
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Access to clean water affects every aspect of life.
The lack of clean water and sanitation causes 80% of all sickness and disease in the developing world - affecting more people than war, AIDS, and famine combined.
Every $1 invested in improving water and sanitation results in $4.30 in overall economic revenue.
Teaching people to wash their hands and properly use latrines saves more lives than any vaccine. In fact, sanitation and hygiene programs double the impact of every water project - decreasing disease in a community by an average of 47%.
The water crisis creates huge obstacles to improving education in the developing world. When a child's day is spent fetching clean water or battling a water-related disease, attending school is simply not possible.
The burden of fetching water often falls on women, preventing them from working or getting an education. Walking long distances to get water increases the risk of sexual assault, and the lack of proper sanitation facilities is the main reason young girls drop out of school. Access to clean water helps women get the same opportunities as men.