Claudine in Rwanda receives clean water through World Vision.
World Vision has set a goal for everyone to have access to clean water in every community where we work by 2030. But is this really possible?
Can we envision a world, less than 15 years from now, where the global water crisis is behind us? A world that no longer witnesses nearly 1,000 children dying every day from unsafe water, poor sanitation, and hygiene. From a moral perspective, we must act and act now. But I’d also argue that from a logical perspective, there’s real hope that we can solve this crisis by 2030.
From a case in point, let’s look at Rwanda. In our work to reach everyone, everywhere we work, Rwanda might be the first place where we get the job done. If we take a look back at Rwanda, we see a country that was devastated by the 1994 genocide that took the lives of 800,000 people. Coming out of the genocide, less than one-third of people in rural areas had access to clean water. But now Rwanda is back on her feet and making tremendous progress.
In the last 15 years, the percentage of people with clean water in Rwanda has doubled. This still leaves nearly one-third of people in rural areas without clean water, but by working with the Rwandan government and with many partners, there’s real hope that everyone will have clean water … years before the 2030 deadline.
For example, World Vision has reached nearly one quarter of a million Rwandans with clean water in the last five years. Last year alone, we reached nearly one hundred thousand people in Rwanda by providing more than 1,000 water points. And we accomplished this while our staff also responded to a crisis of Burundi refugees fleeing into Rwanda. Last year, working with UNICEF and UNHCR, World Vision provided clean water access to more than 43,000 refugees from Burundi.
This life-saving work is consistent with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed by governments last September, which established a 2030 date to end the global water crisis.
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Text and Photo©World Vision, Greg Allgood