Finally it rained. The drought have been rough for the last 3 years. A woman is collecting rain water on the national road RN13.  Lean period, January 2021

These photos taken in the drought-stricken south of Madagascar reflect the lives of very underprivileged families who struggle daily for water, children who suffer from severe acute malnutrition. 
But thanks to the support of donors like USAID, ECHO and KOICA, UNICEF can provide solutions that improve the lives of children and families and save lives.

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For children to grow up healthy and happy, they need access to clean water, proper sanitation, and good hygiene. Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are basic human rights, that UNICEF is working to uphold for every child.
In worldwide, 2.2 billion people still lack access to safe drinking water. More than half of the global population does not have access to safe sanitation. In so many places, violent conflicts, natural disasters, and the chain effects of climate change are causing the collapse of public services including water and sanitation systems, fueling the spread of major diseases. Millions of children miss out on an education because they spend hours every day searching and collecting water.
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Because of the lack of water in her village, Hawa, a 10 year old girl, and her friends have to fetch water from huge wells dug in the ground. In the heat of the day, she carries 10 to 30 liter basins on their heads to irrigate the market garden. The operation is repeated up to 10 times a day.

WASH is children’s right

In Mauritania of Africa, because of the lack of water in her village, a 10-year-old girl, and her friends have to fetch water from huge wells dug in the ground. In the heat of the day, she carries 10 to 30 liter basins on their heads to irrigate the market garden. The operation is repeated up to 10 times a day and no school time to attend.

Because of the lack of water in her village, a young girl have to fetch water from huge wells dug in the ground. In the heat of the day, she carries 10 to 30 liter basins on their heads to irrigate the market garden. The operation is repeated up to 10 times a day.

Obviously, vulnerable groups of children, are often the worst affected by lack of proper WASH services. When there aren’t proper facilities near their homes, boys and girls have to make long, dangerous journeys, just to go for water. They also can’t perform simple practice like hand washing during the attack of diseases in the pandemic. We work to uphold the right of all children to WASH, health and education.


Help UNICEF reach more children

In 2021, UNICEF and partners will worked towards reaching 45 million people providing access of safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene. Responding to the pandemic, UNICEF initiated hygiene programming to prevent human to human transmission, and ensured continuity of essential WASH products and services for countries in needs. We procure supplies for infection prevention and control, and also provide guidance to communities, health-care providers and education practitioners.

Humanitarian response
A significant amount of our work occurs in fragile and emergency settings to help prepare for and respond to humanitarian emergencies. This includes transporting water, ensuring it is purified, and constructing toilets in refugee camps and transit centres. We work to construct water and sanitation facilities that outlast the emergency, while providing clear leadership and accountability in humanitarian response.


The Changing Climate
Our planet’s climate is changing, causing erratic weather and rising sea levels. The quality and quantity of water, that children rely on for survival, is under threat. By 2040, 1 in 4 children will live in areas with extremely high water stress. We help to develop technologies and work with partners to make sure children have access of safe water and are at the heart of climate discussions and decisions. In 2019, UNICEF constructed and rehabilitated over 1,000 solar-powered water systems to address increasing water scarcity.

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