No One Beyond Reach

CAFOD campaigns seek to achieve lasting change to bring about real empowering benefits for the world's poorest people.

Around the world, 1 in 10 (785 million) people don’t have clean water close to home.

  • Every minute a newborn child dies from infection caused by lack of safe water and an unclean environment (Over 500,000 each year)
  • Diarrhoea caused by dirty water and poor toilets kills a child under 5 every 2 minutes. (over 250,000 a year)
  • Around the world up to 443 million school days are lost every year because of water-related illnesses.

Those living without this everyday essential do not have an equal chance to be healthy, educated and financially secure.

  • Open sources of water usually aren’t safe. They’re often shared with animals, and contaminated. Drinking dirty water exposes people to traces of faeces and harmful bacteria. It puts people at risk of deadly diseases like cholera, dengue and diarrhoea.
  • Collecting water every day leaves children little time for school, and drinking dirty water often makes them too ill to attend.
  • Clean water allows people to focus on earning an income instead of collecting dirty water which can make them or their family fall sick.

Fabiano’s Story

Fabiano is 14 years old, he lives in a village in Karamoja, Uganda (where there is no gas or electricity). The region has been left out of reach and denied help and support for many years. 60% of the region’s population live in “absolute poverty”. This means being without some of the basic needs we need to survive – clean drinking water, a safe place to sleep and toilets. The Karimajong – the people who live in Karamoja – have been marginalised and misunderstood for many years.  

CAFOD works in Karamoja with teams of experts in water, health, hygiene, sanitation, farming and gender

Can you help bring water closer to the Karimajong by supporting CAFOD - local experts give CAFOD the unique ability to reach people like Fabiano and provide them with safe, clean drinking water just minutes from their homes..

  • £99 can provide essential training on water technology, hygiene and sanitation
  • £105 can provide essential maintenance for a community’s solar pump
  • £2100can buy a solar pump supplying clean water to a while community


Nobody should be Attacked getting Water to Drink

14-year-old Fabiano is clever and kind and dreams of becoming a doctor. Every morning, he used to wake before sunrise and walk three miles in the dark to collect water for his mum.  He would get home, eat a meagre breakfast, and go straight to school. Although often tired and hungry, Fabiano studied hard

Like many children, Fabiano is frightened of the dark. Sadly, his fears of something bad happening in the shadows became all too real. Early one morning, as Fabiano was carrying water home, a stranger emerged from the darkness and asked for a drink. Eager to help, Fabiano handed over his full water container. The man took a sip, then poured Fabiano’s water away and attacked him. Fabiano was terrified.  He abandoned the water can and ran in fear of his life. He made it home to his mum who held him tight and thanked God he was alive.

Those long dark walks are now over for Fabiano. Thanks to Fast Day donations to CAFOD, a solar powered water pump has been installed in his village. Today, it takes Fabiano just four minutes to collect water. Which means he has more time and energy for school – and having fun with friends.

“We knew life would change when we had water near our homes,” says Fabiano with a smile.  The pump may not look like much, but to Fabiano? “This pump means a lot,” he says. “It means life.”

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