Tell World Leaders -- Clean Water for Everyone, Everywhere by 2030
"We fall down quite often, I sprained my ankle two months ago. It really hurt, I couldn't walk. I was crying and I had to crawl back up the path to the village."
Ze is 12. It's been her job to collect water every day since she was just 7. This is what it means to be a girl in Antohobe, Madagascar.
But if Ze could turn on a tap to get clean water, and if she had somewhere safe and private to go the toilet, she wouldn't need to make these treacherous treks. She could complete her education and her future would be transformed.
This September, world leaders are meeting in New York to discuss a set of international development priorities for the next 15 years.
The last time they did this, in the year 2000, they failed to prioritise water and sanitation. That's partly why today, millions of people still don't have taps or toilets, and millions of girls still spend hours -- time that they could be spending in school -- making long walks to collect water for their families.
This year, we need to make sure that water and sanitation make their shortlist. Taps and toilets can be key to a future where girls like Ze are educated equally and are free to fulfil their potential.
If you believe every single person should have clean water to drink and somewhere safe to go to the toilet, sign our petition today.
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