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Six inspirational kids who love clean water

Clean water is a life-saver for children.

1) 10-year-old Eva – South Sudan.

Eva has a disability but that doesn’t stop her and her little sister Catherine from walking to get water. Every day they trek for two hours to fill up their jerry cans from the Nile. Although the girls have both been ill from drinking dirty water, they smile as they stand arm-in-arm in the doorway of their home.

2) 12-year-old Saja Abo Hosoun lives in the State of Palestine.

Every day, Saja walks down three flights of stairs to collect water from a tank near her home. Only 10 percent of children have regular access to clean water in Gaza. In the future Saja wants to become a teacher and live in Jordan because she says it’s peaceful there.

Saja can’t wait to be a teacher and practices on her cousins in the lounge.
3) 6-year-old Elias, Bangladesh

Elias lives in Cox’s Bazar – the largest refugee camp in the world. Despite having to flee his home and having very little food, he laughs out loud as water gushes from the water point. “If we drink dirty water it causes fever and we don’t feel good. When I play with water I feel happy” says Elias.

4) 10-year-old James Kaahwa, Uganda

James lost both his parents to AIDS but with the support of his brothers, he can still stay in school. One of his chores is to collect water in large plastic jerry cans after school.

5) 10-year-old Dia, Jordan

Dia is from Syria and has been living in the Za’atari Refugee Camp for six years. When he first arrived at the camp, he says it was dirty and muddy. “The toilets used to stink.” Dia used to push a wheelbarrow filled with jerrycans for over an hour to get clean water. When UNICEF installed a water network at the camp, Dia’s life changed. “The water that we get now is clean and better than before. Now I go and play football, which is much better than collecting water” says Dia.

6) 11-year-old Valérie – Democratic Republic of Congo

Valérie takes her job as a hand-washing brigadier at her primary school very seriously. “I make sure there is water in the buckets and soap. I teach pupils to wash their hands after going to the toilet and before eating," she says. After the 2018 Ebola outbreak, UNICEF and partners were among the first responders and helped to control the diseases through clean water and sanitation.

Nearly 1,000 children under five die every day from unsafe water.

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