Today, 2 billion people worldwide still have no access to clean drinking water. They have to use water from contaminated sources for their daily needs. Chronic diarrhoeal diseases weaken people’s resilience. A quarter of all deaths in developing countries are due to contaminated water.
Given the different uses and availability of water, the Caritas water projects are equally varied. We tap springs, drill wells and purify rainwater so people have better access to safe drinking water. In addition, we support all these projects with hygiene training sessions. In these, we communicate how hygiene and the use of sanitary installations give long-term protection against sickness, and what good hygiene is.
Drinking contaminated water and using it to wash himself was completely normal for Franco. Unfortunately, so was falling ill on a regular basis. As a result, he was often too weak to go to school. But the whole village had no other choice, since the local people had no access to clean water. Thanks to Caritas, the family and the entire village now have clean drinking water, and the chronic diarrhoeal diseases of the children and adults are a thing of the past.