Clean water is a fundamental human right. Yet over 800 children die every single day from preventable diseases caused by unsafe water.

Clean water is a major problems in many countries around the world including Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Syria, and even in Kiribati in the Pacific.

In times of crisis, children are the most vulnerable to dying from illness and diseases that are often caused by lack of sanitation, unsafe water and poor hygiene. Without safe water, food crops and livestock die leaving families without food, milk or protein.
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Dabo’s story is sadly common in Kenya. She lives with her husband and children in Marsabit, one of the 23 out of 47 Kenyan provinces that have been declared drought disaster zones.

There is no water left in Dabo’s village. She had to walk a total of 38kms with her three young children in search of water. Her youngest daughter, Nuria, is still a toddler, barely two years old.

Dabo bought many of the family’s cattle with her; her husband took the rest in search of pasture to keep them alive. He had been gone for two weeks.

“I brought all these cows here in the hope that they will survive.”

“I even bought for them fodder and water but 18 of them have already died and I am only left with three,” she says, staring sadly at the decomposing carcasses of her cattle just a few metres from her hut.
“It is very far and it is dirty. Hunger is a major
problem here. Children don’t have milk
and we don’t have food and water. We are
really suffering because of this drought.”
It doesn’t look like the drought is ending soon. The forecast for the coming year is not hopeful – it is likely that the rains will not come.

Right now 159 million people around the world use untreated water from lakes and rivers. But it’s the most unsafe water source there is, as it is open to contaminated run off.

Dabo now has no way to feed her children. There is no water, no milk and no food. It is crucial that little Nuria gets adequate water and food at this young age or it could affect the rest of her life.

Last year, UNICEF’s efforts provided nearly 14 million people with clean water but 844 million people like Dabo and Nuria are still missing out. Please can you help children like Nuria get the water they need by donating to UNICEF. Your support can make the difference to children in Kenya and around the world.


Your gift can fund:

  • an emergency family water kit
  • life-saving water purification tablets
  • a water pump to provide supplies for a small village
Your donation will also help fund essential healthcare, nutrition, clean water and child protection for children who need us most. No other children’s rights organisation has the reach or the credibility that UNICEF does with governments, communities and partners. Together, we can help reach as many children, like Nuria, as possible.
Emmanuel Awan, from UNICEF, carries buckets to an outreach site in the town of Aweil in South Sudan. Emmanuel Awan, from UNICEF, carries buckets to an outreach site in the town of Aweil in South Sudan. Emmanuel Awan, from UNICEF, carries buckets to an outreach site in the town of Aweil in South Sudan.
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