Irene and her mom, Beautiful in Malawi

 

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Growing up in India, I used to see street fights for a bucket of potable water. Even at a young age, I had understood that we were the privileged few that had ready access to clean water for our daily needs. Of course there were days and months where we had to store it because public water supply was restricted to few hours a day.

But, I’m not talking about something that happened 30 or 40 years ago. Many places like Malawi in Africa, and Flint, Michigan in America still lack access to clean water even in 2021.

According to World Vision, a global humanitarian organization, 844 million people lack basic drinking water access, more than 1 of every 10 people on the planet. Women and girls spend an estimated 200 million hours hauling water every day. The average woman in rural Africa walks 6 kilometers every day to haul 40 pounds of water.

 

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Photo ©2019 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren

 

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