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Clean Water

Why Water?

At World Vision we believe that every child deserves clean water. It's the essential building block of life that allows children and their communities to survive and flourish. Our community-based approach gives us deep roots in the community, while our more than 60-year history gives us the longevity and experience to take quality, sustainable interventions to scale.  

Over the past 35 years, we have become one of the largest non-government providers of clean water in low- and middle-income countries. What began as a water project focused in one geographic region has multiplied and matured to impact an estimated 20 million people globally with clean water in 2016-2020 alone. 

In our 2021-2025 business plan, we aim to reach 15 million people with access to sustained, safe drinking water close to home. We also plan to reach 4.3 million children with safe drinking water at school.

A ten-year-old boy withdraws water in Puntland, Somalia

Groundwater Monitoring in Somalia

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The theme of the United Nation's World Water Day for 2022 —"Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible"—serves as a timely reminder of the crisis beneath our feet. Precious groundwater resources are under threat in many countries due to a confluence of factors, including climate change, watershed degradation and unsustainable rates of aquifer pumping.

See how we monitor and manage this valuable resource so that vulnerable communities can have sustained access to clean water.

Achievements in 2021

3M

People reached with clean drinking water

570,000

children reached with clean drinking water at school

430,000

People provided with emergency water services

550

Healthcare facilities equipped with a basic drinking water service

Global Facts:

  • Around 2 billion people, most of them in developing countries, lack access to a safely managed supply of drinking water at home
  • 771 million people lack even a basic drinking water service
  • Nearly one-third of all primary schools have inadequate drinking water facilities
  • Time spend fetching water costs women and children productive time they could be using for education, livelihood activities, or other responsibilities
  • Long journeys to collect water expose women and children to risk of sexual violence, harassment and stress

Source: WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (JMP)

boys playing in water

Water Brings Hope to Communities

Watch how World Vision Kenya is providing communities with clean water close to home through solar-powered boreholes.

Our Approach

In our clean water work, we strive to provide access to clean water as close as possible to households -- with a maximum of 30 minutes round trip. We build water points in partnership with communities and governments, and we work to ensure that water points are locally managed and maintained. We also emphasize behaviour change interventions so that water is kept safe during collection, transportation, storage and use. 

We also provide clean water in schools and healthcare facilities. Water access in schools ensures that students and staff have easy access to the water they need for drinking and other school activities. In healthcare facilities, water is an absolutely critical resource for the health and well-being of both patients and staff. Water is provided to the whole facility, with an emphasis on critical points of care -- such as delivery rooms -- so providers can wash their hands and keep facilities and instruments clean to care well for their patients and protect themselves.

In all settings, it is important that water systems are located and designed to meet the needs and safety concerns of vulnerable groups, including women and children and those with disabilities.