Title for News Page


Image for Children - Water Collection Image for Children - Water Collection

Download the following presentations of Malta Walks for Water.

Presentation 1:
Facts about Water

Presentation 2:
Malta Walks for Water 2012

Click on the links to download the prensentation.

Children - Water Collection

Image for Children - Water Collection

In Uganda children, particularly girls are responsible for the collection of water for washing, drinking and cooking. The trip to bring water home is very gruesome, in most cases the only clean drinking water is drawn from a ravine many miles away from the village. Most of the times the trip to the water hole takes place well before dawn and it takes many hours resulting in children either missing or turning up late for school. In communities without safe water and sanitation, many children are frequently absent from school due to water fetching duties or also from sanitation related illnesses. Girls as young as eight may take the responsibility of drawing and carrying the water for the family. The size of the jerry can or container may vary according to the age of the child (from 5 to 20kg), and may be carried over from four to six miles depending on the distance from the water hole. Most of the water is drawn from unprotected sources, such as open ponds, wells and rivers which are also used by animals for drinking and may be contaminated with harmful bacteria.

Image for Children - Water Collection

As children suffer the most from lack of safe water and sanitation, SOS Malta through "Malta Walks for Water" is working towards ensuring that our project responds to their needs. We strive to make sure that the new water sources are within the reach of the community to minimise the distance to be travelled to fetch the water. This will mean that water is available not only in the village but at the school as well.

Sometimes, teachers in poor rural schools, are not spared from the grueling water collection routines which also has an impact on their work. If the Millennium Development Goal targets of halving the proportions of people without water and sanitation by 2015 were met, 270 million school days would be gained every year. SOS Malta and its partners would like other schools in the same district have access to clean water, and this can only be done by your help. Help us to transform these children's lives by donating online.

Image for Children - Water Collection

In addition to illness caused by lack of clean drinking water and poor sanitation, time spent collecting water also keeps many children, especially girls, from attending school. At present, one in every  four girls does not complete primary school, compared with one in seven boys. Approximately 443 million school days are lost each year due to water related illnesses, making it a significant factor for lost school time in the developing world.



Women's Work

Image for Women's Work
Image for Women's Work

On average, in rural areas in Africa, women have the responsibility of fetching water spend a great deal of their time collecting water, this means they have to walk five or six miles to the nearest water point to fill up a container. In the dry season this distance is sometimes doubled or even trebled as water becomes scarce and most wells and ponds dry out. Sometimes they have to make this trip in the dead of the night when it's very dark, risky and scary. To make matters worse, the water that the women struggle so much to obtain, is often very dirty, unsafe and not fit for human consumption. As a result 1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation. This amounts to around 4,000 deaths a day or one every 20 seconds. (WHO).

The lack of clean water and sanitation impacts upon women's lives in so many ways. Constantly carrying heavy jerry cans that weigh up to 20kg, on the head has severe health impacts. In some cases this may result in curved spines and pelvic deformations which can result in problems during childbirth. Lack of water also affects women and girls especially during menstruation and childbirth when its difficult to get water to clean up themselves. Lack of water affects the women's ability to earn money and care for their families, as fetching water takes up their valuable time and energy leaving them with little time to do other things for income generation. You can help some of the world's poorest communities gain access to safe water and sanitation and improve their hygiene by joining our walk on line and making a donation.

SOS Malta and its partners believe that water is a basic human need which must be available to help people especially women and children. Lack of access to clean water has many ripple effects impacting health, education, income and quality of life.

Malta 'walks for water' on World Water Day

Funds raised through "Malta Walks for Water" to help provide sustainable clean water to schools and rural villages in Uganda.

World Water Day is recognised by the United Nations and takes place every year on 22 March. This day draws attention to the 884 million people around the world without access to clean water and the 2.6 billion people living without access to basic sanitation facilities.

To commemorate World Water Day, SOS Malta has launched a virtual walk called "Malta Walks for Water" in collaboration with Alert Communications, Vascas Jewellers, Orienta and Fortina.

Funds raised through "Malta Walks for Water" will help provide sustainable clean water to schools and rural villages in Uganda through the implementation of rainwater harvesting systems and the construction of wells and boreholes, these used as entry points into community development.

"Malta Walks for Water" is part of "The World Walks for Water", a global movement to raise awareness on the water and sanitation crisis, and demand action to stop the needless deaths of 4000 children every day dying as a result of waterborne diseases.

SOS Malta invites all those interested in putting an end to water poverty to join our virtual walk for water at www.maltawalksforwater.org.


You can support by donating here.