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Two young Congolese women wash their hands at a bright blue Oxfam handwashing station on a tripod.
Two young Congolese women wash their hands at a bright blue Oxfam handwashing station on a tripod.

Safe, clean water saves lives

Water for all

With water on tap, food can grow and people can thrive. Without it, every day 1,000 children die from diarrhoea. Millions of people die each year, simply for lack of something as simple as clean water or a safe place to store it.

But with access to safe water and hygiene facilities, people can protect themselves from deadly diseases.

How Oxfam helps provide clean safe water

  • Urmila drinks from an Oxfam water tap in Dhading District, Nepal.

    We are providing clean water when disaster strikes

    Disease follows disasters, often killing more people than the initial emergency. So Oxfam acts quickly with others to provide clean water and sanitation, and help prevent deadly diseases spreading.

  • Seadiya Mohamed from Tigray fetches water closer to her home after Oxfam supported the construction of water point in Tigray, Ethiopia.

    We are helping millions stay safe and earn a living

    It’s not just taps, tanks and toilets — though with millions of litres of water pumped each year, they’re something to shout about. It’s also sharing advice in schools on how to keep clean and stay safe. Installing irrigation systems to kickstart farming, fight famine and help people earn a living.

  • We are campaigning for access to safe water and toilets

    Too often, people have no choice but to drink dirty, unsafe water, and to use toilets, taps and containers that spread disease. That's why we campaign for everyone to be able to access the water we all need.

The impact of our work

Water: the bigger picture

2.2 billion

2.2 billion people do not have access to clean water at home.

800 children

Every day, more than 800 children under 5 die from diarrhoea caused by dirty water.

2.3 billion

2.3 billion people lack access to basic facilities like toilets.

Getting safe clean water flowing worldwide

In my village, I made a living from farming, but here at the site, it is not possible. At least now we have water at different taps.”

Nombe Bimiloko Nyota, farmer, in Democratic Republic of Congo.

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