There is a lack of clean water in communities across Liberia. Diseases transmitted through unclean water are a leading cause of preventable illness and premature deaths, with children being particularly vulnerable. According to the World Health Organization, nearly a million people die each year because of unsafe drinking water, with about half of those being children. During the dry season, many hours can be spent each week in transporting unclean water, by hand, from rivers and swamps to homes.
1 in 4 Liberians has access to safe drinking water. Half of the population has no access to toilet facilities, making sanitation a serious problem that causes a proliferation of fast spreading diseases like Cholera (WHO). Approximately 200 children die yearly in Liberia from the outbreaks of water-borne diseases like cholera caused by unsafe water and sanitation.