49 million people lack safe water in Ethiopia.
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In the last 20 years, Ethiopia has experienced recurring droughts followed by famines. During times of drought, water-related diseases are rampant. Surface water sources dry up or are contaminated by human and animal excreta. The stagnant water also serves as a breeding place for mosquitoes.

In times of drought, there is often not enough water available for people to bathe regularly. As a result, communities suffer from scabies and eye infections. In an effort to conserve water, hand-washing after defecation or before eating is rarely practiced. Diarrheal and water-related diseases are among the principle causes of death in young children.

The good news is that Water.org is hard at work building wells and toilets in rural Ethiopia, vastly improving health conditions.

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