Over 2 billion people
live in countries experiencing high water scarcity
700 million people
are at risk of being displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030
Unsafe water, and poor sanitation and hygiene kill an estimated 3.5 million people annually
particularly as a result of diarrhoeal disease

It’s estimated that 3.5 million people die from water-related diseases every single year – that’s one person every ten seconds

Global Water Crisis in Numbers

  • According to the World Health Organization, approximately 785 million people in the world live without safe, clean drinking water
  • By 2025, the World Health Organization estimates that half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas
  • In 80% of deprived households with water shortages, women and girls are responsible for water collection

UMR Interventions

To improve water and sanitation, UMR’s approach prioritizes the remote, rural, and/or chronically vulnerable. UMR builds water wells in vulnerable communities, following its process of:

  1. PHASE ONE – location of well: locating and confirming the exact location in which the well will be built, depending on a number of construction factors, including the season, weather, ground soil health, etc.
  2. PHASE TWO – construction of well: once a location is determined, construction begins. Typically, this buildout process can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks
  3. PHASE THREE – completion of well: fully functioning well is built and complete, and ready for use and water distribution

As the wells are built, our donors are updated and notified as the process progresses. Once the third phase is reached and the well is functioning, donors receive a personalized report with details and photos.

UMR is focusing its efforts to improve access to safe water in Pakistan, Somalia and Kenya. We do this by building hand pumps, shallow wells, boreholes, water pans and dams.

In 2019, UMR constructed dozens of water wells – but there are still millions of families who have to walk miles every single day just to access clean water. We are committed to alleviating suffering and reducing the spread of diseases – but we cannot do it without you.

Your donation has the power to lower child mortality rate, decrease conflicts over water resources, improve household livelihoods, save livestock, combat poverty, and generally just make life easier for thousands of people. 

In Focus: Woman and the Lack of Sanitary Water

In most vulnerable communities, women and girls have the primary responsibility for management of household water supply, sanitation and health. The burden is put on women and girls to find water for the entire family; making them walk for hours through unsafe areas just to find clean water. This is not only dangerous, but it also takes away the opportunity for women to build a future for themselves.

Addressing the needs of females in relation to water, sanitation and hygiene is a key driver in developing healthy communities. Facts established by World Health Organization and UNICEF include:

  1. 8 out 10 woman and girls are responsible for water collection
  2. 1 million deaths are result of unclean births – 11% maternal mortality
  3. 44 million pregnant woman suffer from sanitation related infections
  4. 26% of neonatal deaths are due to infections

By supporting UMR’s WASH program, you are not just giving the gift of water – you are ensuring a future filled with new opportunities for women. 

UMR’s WASH program efforts are guided by the recommendations of the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (UNICEF/WHO JMP) to eliminate inequalities in WASH coverage and “leave no one behind”.

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