Until recently, many people in the Mfuwe region of Zambia did not have access to clean water. Instead, they had to carry heavy buckets down to the river, avoiding crocodile and hippo attacks in the process. And, if the river was dry, they had to dig deep under the sand to find any sort of water.
In the western world, we often take clean, readily accessible water for granted. We don’t realize how lucky we are. But, in other parts of the world, rationing water is an everyday occurrence, and clean water is often hard and time-consuming to attain.
According to UNICEF, women around the world spend 200 million hours a day collecting water. On top of that, 1 in 9 people worldwide do not have access to clean and safe drinking water, and 3.4 million people (mostly children) die every year from water-related diseases. In Sub-Saharan Africa alone, 319 million people are without access to clean water.
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