Unsafe Water from an Open Well

Each morning, just before dawn, these women wake to face the first task of their day: gathering unsafe water from an open well.

For millions living across India, this is a daily reality - potentially contaminated water from an open well. Tradition, science, and her own experience all tell the woman in the clip above that this water may make her ill, so she does what she can to keep her family safe.

By passing the dirty water through a sieve, the woman in this clip hopes to remove unsightly debris and minerals. But harmful microbes remain. She may boil the water after carrying it home, but that takes time and fuel, and fuel costs money.

Not having access to safe water makes life hard work.

The good news is, life is changing for women just like her. As the sun rises over the Indian countryside, many women now have only to turn the handle of a tap in their home. Thanks to the support of people like you, we’ve been able to partner with local people and their communities to unlock the power of safe water for millions.

Join us in empowering millions more.

Capital: New Delhi
Population of 1.2 billion
77 million lack access to safe water
769 million lack access to improved sanitation
59% of the total population lives on less than US$2 per day