Access to safe water is foundational to the development of any community. Every day in rural communities and poor urban areas throughout India, hundreds of millions of people suffer from a lack of access to clean and safe water. Women and girls especially bear the burden of walking miles at a time to gather water from streams and ponds full of water-borne disease that is making them and their families sick.
Clean water, basic toilets and good hygiene practices are essential for the survival and development of children. Today, there are around 2.4 billion people who do not use improved sanitation, and 663 million who do not have access to improved water sources. Without these basic needs, the lives of millions of children are at risk. For children under five, water- and sanitation-related diseases are one of the leading causes of death.
Rehab India Foundation’s water, sanitation and hygiene project team works in many states to improve water and sanitation services, as well as basic hygiene practices. Last year, Rehab’s efforts provided nearly 17,000 people with safe drinking water and basic toilets. Rehab train, equip and work alongside local teams who build and restore water points in Assam, West Bengal and Bihar. Under this project, Rehab installs bore wells, hand pumps, water tanks with taps and toilets around the selected area.
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