Why clean water and sanitation matters

Recently I have been made aware of the seriousness of the lack of clean water and sanitation in the world we live in. I don’t think many people actually realise how lucky they are to be able to go into their kitchen on a daily basis and pour a glass of water from a tap, or grab a bottle of water from the fridge, it may sound daft to you right? Like doesn’t everybody have that? But unfortunately not – a whopping 1 in 10 people in the world have no safe water and 1 in 3 have no toilet.

Can you believe that around the world, 946 million people still go to the toilet outside? That statistic really shocked me and hit hard that in this day and age not everybody has a toilet. Contaminated drinking water spreads diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, hepatitis A and typhoid. It is one of the leading causes of death among children under the age of five.

Since 2005, FRANK Water has funded safe drinking water and sanitation for more than 330,000 people in 300 communities. The award winning social entrepreneur Katie Alcott founded FRANK Water in 2005 after she contracted dysentery from drinking dirty water. Katie realised that by selling her own ethically sourced brand of bottled spring water, she could use the profits to fund safe drinking water for those communities that needed it most. Today, FRANK Water is a registered charity with a trading subsidiary.

FRANK works with some of India’s best grassroot organisations that have a proven track record of working with local communities in improving sanitation and water quality.

This is then when I came across a company called MAHI leatherMAHI Leather takes its name from the Mahi River in Western India. For many, this is a sacred river and in a country where 103 million people lack safe water, its significance is more than symbolic. MAHI Leather donates $1.50 from the sale of each bag to help with FRANK Water Projects’ work. So you can look super cool while helping someone across the other side of the world have safer water and better hygiene. Win win right?


India has the most people in the world (77 million) without improved access to safe water and  770 million people in India have no access to improved sanitation, and 564 million people practice open defecation. In India, 140,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.

MAHI Leather – The Harvard

For more information on FRANK water, head over their to website www.frankwater.com. Every purchase of a MAHI bag could benefit the life of someone who has no clean water or living facilities.


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