Throughout sub-Saharan Africa, every single day there are millions of Africans who have no choice but to fetch untreated water from contaminated sources for drinking, cooking, bathing, and washing.

But thanks to the supporters of Bread and Water for Africa®, for more 20 years we have been able to dig wells in countries including Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, and Cameroon and construct water lines from safe sources in Kenya and Uganda.

Currently, we are working with our partner in Uganda to protect springs from human and animal contamination ensuring that people in the surrounding villages have access to clean water, and we have just embarked on a project with our new partner in Tanzania to repair wells that were dug 20 years ago and at present are non-functional.

Today, March 22, is the United Nations’ World Water Day which “is about what water means to people, its true value and how we can better protect this vital resource.

“The theme of World Water Day 2021 is valuing water,” states the UN. “The value of water is about much more than its price — water has enormous and complex value for our households, food, culture, health, education, economics, and the integrity of our natural environment.”

At Bread and Water for Africa®, for decades we have been working to provide access to clean water for tens of thousands in sub-Saharan Africa — for many for the first time in their lives — ensuring that they no longer must risk illness, and even death, every time they take a drink.

And to all those who have helped make it possible, we dedicate World Water Day 2021 to them.