Indonesia: Young boys wash up with clean water
In the Nias Island village of Maoula, CWS/ACT has helped the community construct a water system in the wake of the 2004 tsunami and 2005 earthquake. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

Ironically, here on the “water planet,” clean, safe water is often unavailable to those who need it most. In fact, the lack of safe water kills more people annually than all forms of violence, including wars.

In developing countries, access to safe drinking water is power – the power to earn a sustainable living. To quench a young girl’s thirst for education. To help a woman feed her family – and a community feed its economy.

When we can help communities gain access to clean water, we help them take ownership in ways that don’t require us to be there. By forming village water councils to handle routine maintenance. By helping indigenous people understand – and demand – their water access rights. By teaching people how good hygiene brings good health.

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