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The Global Water Crisis

Millions live without access to safe water and available solutions are not sustainable


The Water Crisis

Water sustains life. Yet, 785 million people in the world lack access to even a basic drinking-water service. The Global Water Crisis means 1 in 9 people around the world struggles to secure a glass of clean water every day. Let alone, finding enough of it to cook, clean, or grow food. The scarcity of this precious resource has implications for all aspects of daily life. The most important being the health costs caused by absent or poorly managed water sources. Each year, contaminated water claims 485,000 lives.  We exist to change this entirely preventable statistic. Currently over 255,000 people with 180 million litres of safe water, we are on a mission to alleviate rural water poverty and save and transform lives.

2.1 billion

2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with faeces 


263 million

263 million people need to spend at least 30 minutes walking or queuing to collect water


200 million hours

Women and girls around the world spend 200 million hours each day collecting water



Sub-Saharan African Water Crisis

Rural dwellers in the least developed regions bear the greatest brunt of water scarcity compared to urban populations in developed countries. There is no doubt that the access to water situation is worse in rural Sub-Saharan Africa than the rest of the world. Out of the global total, 336 million rural people are living without basic drinking water in the region. Globally, more than half of the 144 million people who still depend on surface water live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Among other things, this translates to the highest proportion of diarrhoeal deaths and the highest child mortality rate around the world.

Only 57%

Only 57% of the rural population in the region has access to an improved source of water


400 million

More than 400 million people in rural sub-Saharan Africa don't have the facilities to wash their hands with soap and water


More than 40%

More than 40% of health facilities in the region have no water resources within 500 meters of their premises



Water Handpump Failures

Long considered a symbol of development aid, the handpump has been the default solution to the water crisis for many years. It has served millions with safe water for decades. Yet, without a secure source of funds for ongoing maintenance, when this humble technology malfunctions, communities are left with no means to repair it. For this reason, the African continent is littered with thousands of defunct, rusted and abandoned water handpumps. It leaves rural communities with no choice but to go back to long, arduous walks to collect drinking water from unsafe, open water sources, putting their lives at risk. Alternative solutions are absolutely necessary, which is why Project Maji water charity addresses this issue through innovative technology and sustainable partnerships.

184 million

184 million people in rural sub-Saharan Africa depend on handpumps


1 in 4 handpump

1 in 4 handpumps in rural sub-Saharan Africa are nonfunctional at any point in time 


$1.2 billion

The cumulative effect of a rural water supply failure in Africa over the past 20 years represents a lost investment in excess of 1.2 billion dollars

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