Two million families without clean drinking water

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In Africa, girls often miss school because of household chores, lack of financial means, teen pregnancy and other barriers. Even if they are at school, girls and boys face a lack of school materials, lack of money to buy uniform and books, and âÂÂunofficialâ school fees imposed by individual schools or teachers. Thoiba collecting water for household use from the river about a kilometre's walk from her home in the Upper West Region of Ghana. She has to collect water each morning before school, and says she is sometimes late as a result.

More than 2.2 million families in the country don’t have clean drinking water.
Secretary to the Ministry of Water Supply and Drainage Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrama
said that more than 400,000 families have been identified as living in dire straits without access to drinking water.

Most of them live in the North, North Central and North Western Provinces, he said.

It is hoped to provide water facilities to 32 million families out of a population of 57 lakhs and to provide water facilities to 22 million other families before the end of 2025.

The Northcentral region of Sri Lanka is ravaged by Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). The cause of the disease is polluted drinking water.

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