Charity: Water

African child gathering water from a water well with pump.

One of the joys of StrapsAway is that each one of us can share the blessing of providing clean water to those who need it most.

It has shocked us to learn that according to the World Health Organization, at least 2 billion people use a water source contaminated with faeces, carrying cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid and polio.

Contaminated water causes more deaths than all types of violence combined, including war, and most of these deaths are among very young children. Clean water could save 16,000 lives every week.

To collect this daily supply of (usually contaminated) water, women (who collect 72% of the water in Sub-Saharan Africa) spend an estimated 40 billion hours a year walking for water. Their teenage daughters, who don’t have access to sanitation or proper toilets at school, miss a week of their education every month.

African women carrying water jugs on their heads.

Due to factors such as climate change and rising sea levels, by 2025 it is estimated that half the world will be living in water-stressed areas.

Water scarcity affects the whole family, but mostly women and children. StrapsAway is committed to supporting the supply of clean water to impoverished communities worldwide. We do this by making financial donations through Charity:Water.

Please visit charitywater.org to learn more about our chosen charity, where 100% of public donations go to water projects.