Collecting Water in Ethiopia

Throughout Africa, and the rest of the world, women and children spend hours collecting water. Last month we met Birhane and this is her story.

Water could be the most important gift you give this holiday season. Nothing has a greater impact on a person’s life. Clean water brings health, education, and the chance for a better tomorrow. Often, it means life itself.

In developing countries like Ethiopia, women spend up to eight hours each day collecting water from dirty sources. This leads to illness, especially for children. A child dies from diarrhea every 20 seconds.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Solutions are affordable and readily available. This holiday season, give the gift that saves lives and brings hope. Give water.

Capital: Addis Ababa
Population of 98.9 million
42.5 million lack access to safe water
71 million lack access to improved sanitation
72% of the total population lives on less than US$2 per day