Children need water for washing, drinking, cleaning, and – yes – learning! Millions of children around the world spend hours each day searching for water, which takes away from time that could be spent learning and playing. When clean water flows, children can grow! You can help children get clean water.

Clean Water Saves Lives

Access to clean water helps keep children healthy. Children who lack access to clean drinking water and basic sanitation are susceptible to waterborne illnesses, including malaria and cholera. Diarrhea, a leading causes of death for children under 5, can be considerably reduced through access to clean water. 

World Water Day - March 22, 2021

 On World Water Day,  we recognize the critical role clean water plays in the health and safety of children around the world. When the breakdown of water and sanitation occurs, as a result of conflict, natural disaster or poverty, children are at risk.

Thanks to our donors, Save the Children works to reach vulnerable children through programs that focus on health and nutrition, food security and livelihoods (FSL), water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), child protection and education.

P&G is partnering with National Geographic to celebrate World Water Day and share the stories of five “Water Champions,” including Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn Miles.

And as one of Save the Children's longest-standing partners, P&G has brought the power of its well-known brands to improve life for children around the world. Through the P&G Children's Safe Drinking Water Program, Save the Children is distributing water purification materials in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and South Sudan. In places where drought and flooding, exacerbated by conflict, and the deadly threat of waterborne diseases are jeopardizing the lives of children every day, access to clean water can save lives.

There are many ways you can help us provide clean, safe water to children.

About Our Work

The Weight of Water

Save the Children is working to help communities protect young girls like Robina, who says, “The hardest part about being a girl is going to the well to get water.” Young girls like Robina, age 9, can spend as many as six hours a day fetching water, and they are easy prey when they travel alone – at risk of assault, trafficking and even murder.

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