"During this year’s season of Lent CAFOD will be focussing on the subject of water and sanitation or rather the lack of it for millions of people living in poverty in the developing world. There is very good reason to focus on this issue. More than one billion people do not have access to safe drinking water. This week alone 42,000 people will die from diseases related to low quality drinking water and lack of sanitation. 1.4 million children die each year for the same reasons. By 2025, it is estimated that two thirds of the world’s population, will live in areas facing moderate to severe water scarcity.
CAFOD provides practical help to tackle water poverty – such as digging wells and boreholes, installing rainwater tanks and building hygienic toilets – as well as campaigning to address the root causes of the problem.