By Mia Harvie
There are a number of reasons why poverty has become an epidemic in Africa. Poverty can be the result of political instability, ethnic conflicts, climate change and other man-made causes.
But one of the greatest causes of poverty in Africa is also the most overlooked...the lack of access to clean drinking water.
Nearly one billion people do not have access to clean, safe water - that's the equivalent of 1 in 8 people on the planet!
For these people, poverty is a fact of life. The good news... This is a solvable problem.

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The weight of water that women in Africa and Asia carry on their heads is equivalent to the maximum baggage weight allowed by airlines 20kg.

The average distance a women in Africa or Asia walks to collect water is 6km (3.75miles)

Every day 4,500 children under the age of die from water-related illness.

More than half of Africa’s people lack access to safe drinking water.
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More than 3x more people lack water than live in the United States.