According to a recent WHO report, more than 2.5 billion people worldwide lack access to basic sanitation services – that’s more than one-third of the global population! Due to lack of access to clean water, water-related diseases kill 1 out of every 5 children under the age of 5 worldwide. In fact, dirty water kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
DACT believes that access to fresh water helps to sustain and prolong life, prevents the spread of disease, promotes an increased quality of life, and increases time for economic productivity. DACT helps to increase access to safe drinking water, thereby decreasing waterborne disease especially amongst children, and to decrease the burden on women.
DACT has worked to provide necessary sanitation in some the most impoverished communities. And responds to the water crisis in this way:
Clean water changes lives, but to maximize its impact, it must be accompanied by sanitation and hygiene education. DACT teaches children and families how to keep themselves and their communities healthy and clean through hand-washing, regular bathing, oral hygiene, safe food preparation, trash pick-up and more.