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
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
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.
The problems associated with accessibility to safe water and sanitation
in the developing world include:
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
|Women and children suffer the burden of supplying their households with water.
They have to collect water from distant
|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.