Only 3% of the world’s water is drinkable even though 75% of the planet is covered in it.
It is estimated that 70 million people out of a population of 171 million in Nigeria lack safe drinking water, 68% have no access to toilets (WATER AID) and over 110 million lack access to improved sanitation (UNICEF). Sub-Saharan Africa is described as the region with the highest amount of poor water sanitation (WHO).
Every year, about 124,000 children, under the age of 5 die because of diarrhea, mainly due to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene (UNICEF).
Many public schools in Nigeria lack basic health amenities; water, toilets and safe environment. These conditions are detrimental to the health of school-aged children who spend a minimum of 5 hours in school and are more vulnerable to diseases. Girls are forced to miss school and in some cases, drop out because of the unavailability of basic sanitary supplies.