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Children celebrate clean drinking water at a World Vision borehole serving St. John Bosco primary school in Hoima, Uganda.

Here’s a simple fact: Water is life. Every human being needs water to survive.

The good news is that 2.6 billion people gained access to an improved drinking-water source between 1990 and 2015, according to the U.N. That’s an increase from 76 percent of the global population to 91 percent during that time.

The goal of halving the portion of people without access to improved water sources was met five years ahead of schedule. Life is improving for millions of people.

This news is worth celebrating, especially because thousands fewer children will die this year of preventable water-related diseases.

But the world is in a challenging place when it comes to water. Water is only getting more difficult to come by in areas affected by drought or conflict and as populations grow.

By 2050, at least one in four people will likely live in a country affected by chronic or recurring fresh water shortages.  

Despite gains in recent decades, the challenge remains to help everyone get access to life-giving water.

Photo©2016 World Vision, Jon Warren


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