World Water Day 2014
Every day 4,000 children die from illnesses like diarrhea, dysentery, and cholera caused by dirty water and unhygienic living conditions. In 1993 the United Nations declared March 22nd as World Water Day to highlight the importance of freshwater and to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
How We Take Action
Action Against Hunger’s integrated approach to fighting hunger involves extending water and sanitation services to communities faced with water scarcity, unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene practices. Our water-related programs serve more than 3.5 million people every year. Learn more about our work:
Provide Access to Safe Water
During emergencies, we truck water into affected areas and install storage tanks and reservoirs. Where water is scarce or unsafe, we drill and decontaminate wells, install hand-pumps, protect natural springs, tap aquifers, rehabilitate damaged infrastructure, and pipe water into hard-to-reach villages and health centers.
Promote Sanitation & Hygiene
To prevent outbreaks of disease during a crisis, our teams distribute hygiene kits and build latrines and hand-washing stations. In communities at risk, we construct water filters made from basic materials and teach healthy practices like hand-washing, cooking with clean utensils, and drawing water from protected sources.
Ensure Lasting Change
Our commitment to community participation ensures long-term capacity: we train community-based water committees to manage their water and sanitation infrastructure themselves, and organize village health teams to model good sanitation and hygiene practices for their communities long after we leave an area.
Help Us Save Lives
Join our fight to save lives by taking action, and get your friends involved too!
Fund a Water Project
For as little as $10 you can help us bring clean, safe water to people in need.
Spread the Word!
Share our images with water-focused quotes and statistics to build support for our lifesaving work!
Almost a billion people don’t have access to clean drinking water. With your support, we can change that!