- Achievement announced at the Concordia Annual Summit
- 25 million people were reached with access to clean water
NEW YORK, September 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — World Vision is celebrating a major milestone in its efforts to help end the global water crisis. In 2015, when the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals were set, World Vision made a commitment to reach everyone, wherever they worked with clean water, by 2030 – a total of 50 million people over a 15-year period. Today, the organization announced it’s halfway to that goal, giving 25 million people access to clean water.
As the leading non-governmental provider of clean water in the developing world, World Vision reaches a new person with this vital resource every 10 seconds. This effort spans 43 countries, reaching some of the world’s most vulnerable people in the most difficult places, including war zones South Sudanthe Sahel of Nigerand the high hills of Honduras.
Access to clean water is fundamental to all other areas of development work. Water enables access to education (especially for girls), better health care for mothers and children, and income opportunities – all factors that lift people out of poverty. One in ten people on Earth lacks access to clean water – a crisis disproportionately affecting women and girls, who spend 200 million hours a day fetching water. With the support of its donors and partners, World Vision has already empowered more than 12 million women and girls through its water, sanitation and hygiene programs.
“When you are aiming for dramatic and lasting change in a community, clean water is key. Waterborne diseases are devastating to a young child’s health and largely preventable. Every day, over 800 children under the age of 5 die from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation and unsafe hygiene practices. Access to clean water and improved sanitation and hygiene transforms communities and gives children a better chance to experience life as God intended,” he says Edgar Sandoval Sr.President and CEO of World Vision USA
World Vision made its announcement during the 12thth Annual Summit. The Concordia Summit, the largest gathering held alongside the UN General Assembly, attracts world leaders to build partnerships and find solutions to global and local challenges. These partnerships help World Vision empower people around the world through access to clean water and other essentials.
“To deliver the level of rapid response and life-saving solutions needed to address current crises, we need strong partnerships. World Vision maintains important partnerships with governments, other NGOs, academic groups, the private sector and the communities we serve. Together we help ensure access to clean water, decent sanitation and essential handwashing facilities for millions of people every year,” said Sandoval.
Through proven activities such as building mains water systems, strengthening the governance of service providers and regulators, and developing local markets for the provision of sanitation and hygiene products and services, World Vision is moving closer to its goal of helping to improve access to clean water for to ensure all those in need around the world. Water that strengthens health care and protection against infection for thousands of healthcare facilities, and water that contributes to economic growth through productive agricultural and commercial uses.
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by addressing the root causes of poverty and injustice. With employees in nearly 100 countries, World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. For more information, visit www.WorldVision.org/media-center/ or follow @WorldVisionUSA on Twitter
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