WHY WASH?

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.

WASH solutions will lead to improved hygiene, less diseases, improved performance and economic growth.

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