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When we help our communities build water wells, they no longer fear water-related diseases. Eliminating hours of walking allows children to spend their time on education.
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Why It Matters

Women and children most often bear the burden of gathering water. Walking for several hours a day to find a water source, they waste precious time that could be spent in school or generating income.

An astounding 800 million people in the world lack access to clean water; and as a result, they have no choice but to drink dirty, and often, contaminated water. Every year, more than 3 million people die from water-related diseases. Children under five are especially at risk.

Often uneducated about the consequences of drinking contaminated water, families living in poverty practice open defecation in the same riverbanks they drink from. Without necessary toilets or latrines, drinking contaminated water becomes an anchored and continuous cycle. More than 2 billion people in the world lack access to adequate sanitation; but understanding and practicing clean sanitation techniques is a fundamental element that can change the fates of impoverished families for generations.

Who It Affects

One in every five people in Bolivia lack access to clean drinking water. With no other options, women and children often spend hours of their days collecting water for their families.

Helping teach communities to build wells and properly maintain them, Outreach has increased the amount of families who are able to access clean water five-fold.
In DR Congo, a startling 75 percent of the country lacks access to safe water and is at a high risk for water-related diseases.

Outreach has helped secure safe water for thousands of people in DR Congo. In Navuindu, two of every three families now have access to clean water, and we are working tirelessly to increase that number.
In rural India, only three out of every 10 people have access to clean water. The World Bank estimates that 21 percent of diseases in India are related to unsafe drinking water.

Before Outreach International began working in India, none of our communities had access to clean water. Today, 95 percent of children and their families in our communities are using clean water to drink, bathe in and cook with, and we are continuing to expand our reach in India.
Prior to Outreach's work in Malawi, only eight percent of our communities had access to clean water.

Working with families in Malawi, Outreach has now helped more than one-third of individuals gain access to wells and water pumps, and we are continuing to increase water projects in the area.
About 15 percent of the population of Nicaragua lacks access to safe drinking water. Water-related diseases like diarrhea and typhoid fever are of high concern, especially in children.

In the communities we work in, more than 50 percent of families now have access to safe drinking water. Helping villages access clean water is a constant priority for us, and we strive to access safe water for all families in Nicaragua.
In rural Philippines, nearly one-fourth of the population is without access to clean water. We're helping families in the Philippines by building clean water systems, like wells and pumps.

Today, we've helped 60 percent of the families in Outreach communities gain access to safe drinking water.
In Zambia, one out of every three people are without access to clean water.

Today, after teaching communities to build wells and properly maintain them, we have helped 45 percent of Outreach communities gain access to safe drinking water.


“Thanks to this well of water, I have cultivated many things in my garden,” he says. “The apple and peach trees give good fruits each year. To protect the vegetables I grow from cold winds, I made a wall with pines. Because of that, I can now...

Outreach International | Bolivia | Boy Laughing

The Need

In rural Zambia, clean water is scarce. With limited options, families are forced to drink contaminated water.
In Bolivia, Rufina spent two hours each day walking down the mountain to find clean water for her family.
Without the proper training, the people of DR Congo cannot use the resources they need to build a water well.

The Outcome

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