Water.org transforms communities in developing countries around the globe by providing access to clean water. One child dies every 21 seconds from a disease brought on by contaminated water, and more than 6,000 children die daily because they lack this basic staple of life. Water.org was founded more than 20 years ago to address that problem worldwide. In countries such as Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Kenya, and Uganda, Water.org forges long-term solutions to water and sanitation crises. Locals are trained and enlisted to dig wells, install pumps, and maintain water systems. The organization’s work has directly improved the lives and prospects of more than 1 million people in communities across Africa, South Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
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