Water is in short supply
Clean water, basic toilets and good hygiene practices are essential to the survival and development of children. Yet, many children in Afghanistan lack access to safe drinking water, often walking miles to collect water in heavy jerry cans.
Thirty-three per cent of people do not have access to basic drinking water, according to a report by the WHO and UNICEF.
UNICEF works to provide safe drinking water to impoverished and rural communities. In 2020, nearly 122,000 people gained access to safe water.
Abdul and his family fled to Kabul after conflict broke out in their hometown. His children used to carry water long distances from the neighbouring village.
“Now, it’s at our fingertips to fill a glass of water and drink it safely. I thank UNICEF and its partner who helped us to bring the water in our own house,” says Abdul.
Today, more than 67 per cent of Afghans have clean drinking water through improved drinking water sources that are protected from outside contamination – a marked progress from a decade ago when drinking water reached only 20 per cent of people.