Water is Life

According to UN estimates billions of people, especially in the developing world have limited or no access at all to adequate safe water supply and sanitation facilities.  Many of these people, especially in areas of conflicts with mass displacement, live below the poverty line and hardly have any means to escape the vicious circle of poverty. Approximately four million children die every year of diseases directly attributable to lack of safe water, poor sanitation and malnutrition.

Food security, human livelihood and environment depend on the availability and quality of water. The appalling health conditions and low productivity of larger populations in Africa can decisively be improved through enhanced access to safe water and better sanitation facilities.

AquaFund endeavours to put all its efforts in the fight against poverty and ensure health and food security for the vulnerable populations. In order to achieve its objectives AquaFund will particularly address the root causes of lack of access to safe water and the poor sanitation and work together with the affected communities towards appropriate and workable solutions.

The problems associated with accessibility to safe water and sanitation in the developing world include:
  • Water scarcity and inadequate technical information or data on water resources.
  • Limited financial resources and lack of professional expertise and trained personnel to explore and develop safe water sources (e.g. subsurface or ground water sources) and operational maintenance of water points (e.g. boreholes) and sanitation facilities.
  • Insecurity and armed conflicts, which hamper access to the water sources and as well as operational maintenance of the existing water points.
  • Environmental deterioration and overcrowding of humans and livestock around the few available water sources / points.
  • Growing conflicts between and within communities over the few existing water points.
  • High incidence of water-borne diseases due to lack of safe water and adequate sanitation facilities.
  • Poor hygienic awareness and absence of primary health education among the affected communities.
  • Too much burden on women and girls in water-collection thus reducing their chances of education and participative development.

Women and children suffer the burden of supplying their households with water.
They have to collect water from distant
water points.

In Africa lack of access to safe water is a major problem and risk to the health of childern and many displaced populations.

Approximately 4 million children die every year from diseases attributed to poor water quality and poor standards of hygiene.