World Water Day — 5 Facts

Water is vital for good health and life yet millions still lack access.

A Sri Lankan refugee girl washes her face. © EC/ECHO/Arjun Claire

1. Climate change dramatically affects water and sanitation

Senbetge, one of the poorest districts of the Amhara region in northern Ethiopia. The deforestation process of recent decades combined with soil depletion and erosion has increased the area’s proneness to droughts and flooding. © Lisa Taschler

2. WASH needs are growing all over the world

With European Commission funding, Oxfam International has built and rehabilitated 40 water wells in Bria, Central African Republic. © Pablo Tosco/Oxfam Intermón

3. WASH assistance is growing, too

A boy cools off. With summer temperatures often reaching 50 degrees Celsius in the Anbar desert in western Iraq, water is one of the main priorities here. With support from European Commission, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) delivered around 70, 000 liters of water per person each day. © EU/ECHO/Peter Biro

4. The EU’s WASH assistance makes a difference

Water tank at M’bera Refugee Camp in Mauritania. ©EC/ECHO/Jose Cendón

5. WASH goes beyond humanitarian aid

In Malawi, the European Commission funded a Save the Children project that distributed assorted vegetable seeds and irrigation equipment to families so that they can cultivate their own food. © Luzayo Nyirongo/Save The Children

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Stories from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department of the European Commission

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