The global water crisis is alarming. With 2.1 billion people worldwide without access to a clean water supply in their home, we need to take action urgently if we’re to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: Water and sanitation for all by 2030.
Unlocking access to clean water
Over 1.1 million people in Africa and Asia have access to better sanitation through Reall’s affordable housing
Reall has built over 97,000 in-house toilets – improving the lives of over half a million people
Reall has pioneered innovative decentralised wastewater treatment systems (DEWATS) and sanitation for low-income households in Kenya, Nepal, and Zimbabwe
The impacts are life-changing
Health improvement – Access to safe water leads to improved health, dignity, social status, cleanliness and overall wellbeing of families
Gender parity – Indoor water frees women and girls from hours spent collecting water for the family, allowing time for business ventures, learning or childcare. Access to sanitation, allows girls to manage their period hygienically and with dignity, reducing the likelihood of missing school
Pandemic resilience – Widespread access to water prevents an estimated 10% of global disease and handwashing provides a frontline defence against future pandemics like Covid-19
Economic growth – Illness, due to lack of sanitation, causes an estimated cost of up to 5% of GDP. According to the World Health Organisation, every £1 spent on sanitation has a return of £5.50 from increased productivity and lower health care costs
Protection – Decent, affordable homes with toilets mean women and girls don’t have to use outdoor public restrooms. In India, 30% of reported sexual assaults happen when women and girls go outside to use the toilet
Reall believe providing decent, affordable housing with a water supply and sanitation is one of humanities greatest opportunities. That’s why it’s not just a house, it’s a lifesaving, health-improving, GDP boosting, gender empowering, engine of human potential.
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