The Water Crisis

The Facts
  • Nearly a billion, 884 million people worldwide do not have access to clean and safe drinking water. 37% of those people live in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Nearly 1 out of every 5 deaths under the age of 5 worldwide is due to a water-related disease.
  • According to the World Health Organization, for every $1 invested in water and sanitation, there is an economic return of between $3 and $34!

Much effort has been made to improve access to safe drinking water in rural areas of Kenya as part of the Kenyan National Vision 2030 Development Plan, but still a large proportion of the population in the rural areas are without sustainable access to clean water. In the rush to meet this goal, many projects have been completed hastily, and without the involvement of the community that is required for sustainable development and maintenance. As a result, many projects have failed within their first years. Lack of access to this basic necessity continues to take a devastating toll on the world's population to survive, grow and prosper.

WHO Kenya Profile
Water For Life
UN Water Development Report
WHO report on water and sanitation