Access to clean water acts as a catalyst for HOPE International Development Agency UK’s development work and its goal of supporting people’s desire to be free from a life of chronic poverty.
Where there is little or no water, HOPE UK helps people find a water source that is clean and abundant. Where there is only unclean water, because the water comes from an inappropriate source or is unprotected at its source, HOPE UK helps people find either a new source that is clean and learn how to protect it, or protect the existing source, restoring its ability to provide clean water.
Watch Yasha in the video below collect water from her nearest source, which is unprotected and often leads to illness among her family members, and demands much strength and time, hindering her from devoting time to attending school regularly, when she was a girl, and earning needed money, now as a mother and wife.
However, when clean water is made available, people and their communities can prosper. The overall health of the population improves. Children are more likely to attend school. Farmers can better cultivate their land and grow more food. Women, like Yasha, can spend more time on income generating activities other than trekking 8 to 10 kms a day in search of water.
In addition, to ensure that the benefits of clean water are fully realised, culturally sensitive hygiene education is provided in combination with a clean water system, establishing disease prevention initiatives that benefit everyone.
Clean water is a cornerstone of all of HOPE UK’s overseas project activities.
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