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Water
Many of us take clean water for granted.

We turn on the tap, water comes out and we know it's safe to drink it.

This is not the case for many African children.

  • Many African countries are very poor and very dry, so they get massive droughts.


  • Often children have to walk miles every morning to get water from wells in other villages.

  • Drinking water isn't always clean, so lots of children have terrible diarrhoea and nasty infections from drinking it.

  • Ethiopia is worst-hit, where only a quarter of the popular has access to clean, safe water.

In Mozambique

  • Hit by a massive drought in 2002, leaving millions of people without water.

  • Out in the country only half the people have access to safe water, and

  • Three quarters of children have diarrhoea and other diseases from the bad water.

    In Tanzania, children spend an average of two hours a day collecting water, although some spend up to seven hours a day in really remote parts.

    Blue Peter's WaterWorks appeal is raising money to provide clean water for 30,000 people in Tanzania and Uganda.


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