Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year around the world than all forms of violence, including war. (World Health Organization)
In the area of Jalapa, Guatemala, there are more than 8,000 cases of water and food borne illnesses every year among children under 5 years of age. (MSPAS -Ministry of Health)
Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea and other water-borne illnesses.
Many women and children walk hours every day to the nearest source of water, which is usually unprotected and likely contaminated.
Time spent walking and resulting diseases keep them from school, work and taking care of their families.
8 out 10 children under 12 years old attend primary school, and only 60% of those who attend school will finish grade 6. (MINEDUC – Ministry of Education)
Guatemala’s female literacy rate is one of the lowest in all of the Americas at 75% among women over 15 years old. (UNESCO)
Many schools lack sufficient classrooms and proper protection from inclement weather.