Water and Health
Water and Education
The relation between water and education is only unique to developing countries especially to African countries. Everyday, young girls and boys have to carry water from sources away from their homes for domestic purposes. This leaves little time for their education; and for some who still manage to go to school, they come tired or exhausted from theses domestic shores. Lack of clean water has serious effects on student's academic performance and attendance rates.
Further, it is typically the responsibility of the women to fetch water thus limiting their access to both education and business opportunities. With the many additional burdens that a lack of clean water brings, education simply becomes less of a priority. This sets up an unfortunate cycle of poverty and inequality as without a proper education, there is little chance of improving one's situation later in life.
Water and Hunger
Without access to a reliable source of water, food is hard to grow and even difficult to preserve and prepare. Sometimes areas that experience hunger also experience a lack of water because it takes huge amount of water to grow food. Therefore water is fundamental to relieving hunger in developing countries. A small investment in a clean, safe source of water can have a huge impact on both crop production and the nutrition of a community.
Water and Poverty
Access to clean and potable water is essential for people in Africa; Water for these people is the foundation of all development. In poor communities and rural areas in Africa, water is everything. Without water, you cannot grow food, you cannot build housing, you cannot stay healthy, and you cannot keep working. Without clean water, poverty is inevitable. There are a number of reasons why poverty has become an epidemic in Africa. We commonly see poverty as a result of political instability or ethnic conflict; what we don't realize is that the lack of clean and potable water is a real factor to poverty. Nearly one billion people do not have access to clean, and potable (UNICEF). For these people, poverty is a fact of life.
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