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 municipality of Jalapa, Guatemala there are 4,000 cases of water borne illnesses every year. (Jalapa 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.
1 in 4 children in Guatemala are involved in child-labour activities which keep them from continuing in their schooling (Unicef)
Guatemala’s female literacy rate is one of the lowest in all of the Americas. (CIA fact book)
Many schools lack sufficient classrooms and proper protection from inclement weather. If its raining children simply don’t come to school.