Updated: Jul 2, 2019
India has the world’s highest number of people without access to clean water.
According to the World Health Organization people spend on an average 20 percent of their daily incomes on water.
Despite of setting the goal of improved water and sanitation facility in Million Development Goals (MDG), now in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) the situation remained stagnated. Even the time to time interventions like mid-day meals and sanitation in schools and in public areas have not able to brought up any substantial change.A major chunk of population is still using water which is scientifically proven contaminated and is leading to countless people falling ill every year, several even dying. The impacts are more serious upon the children from below the poverty line which lead to 1,40,000 deaths (Charity Water Aid), from diseases like Diarrhea, dysentery, gastroenteritis, dengue and cholera and further increasing the child mortality, malnutrition and stunted growth of the child. More than 1.5 million children under the age of five die from diarrhea each year (UNICEF).
This photo essay tries to shows how poor management and misappropriation of water resources has created burden upon the lives of children and includes pictures from Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Delhi. They have limited yet contaminated excess to water which results in breathtaking deaths. Further it shows their daily struggle to travel long distances to reach water access points which unnecessarily waste lot of their time and becomes an obstacle in their education and future.
Women on an average walk upto 5 km a day, carrying litres of water, missing out on their education and other productive work.
74 million people don’t have access to adequate sanitation in India. Over 140,000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation in India. (Water Aid Global)
Dr. Mohan Kumar who runs a private clinic in Ghaziabad says “I treat almost 2-4 kids in a day, who suffers from water borne diseases.”
Unsafe water and sanitation devastates children, causing waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, intestinal worms and typhoid.
Rahul 5, used to spend a significant portion of his day fetching water, a new hand pump near his house has now saved him and his family from traveling to great distances or paying lots of money for water.