Lent Fast Day is coming…did you know?

Uganda Lent 16 Caritas photo650 million people, or 1:10 people do not have access to safe water.

2.3 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation that is 1:3 of the world’s population

315,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation – that’s over 900 children per day

Think about that for a moment….. Nine hundred children die every day

Half of the people admitted to hospital in developing countries, where they exist, are suffering from diseases caused by poor water, sanitation and hygiene

Women in Africa and Asia often carry water on their heads weighing 20Kgs. Women and girls suffer the most. They are forced to walk long distances to collect dirty water, wasting their time and energy. This means they miss out on an education, lack the opportunity to make a living, and have little chance to change things. They are also more likely to get sick with water-related diseases

Lack of water, sanitation and hygiene costs African countries more in lost GDP than the entire continent gets in aid.

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