Close-up of a waterdrop

Gardena supports UNICEF

A girl walking through the desert with a camel

Imagine that you don’t have access to water at home. Every day, you have to spend hours travelling to collect water from a far-off river and, when you get there, the water isn’t even clean. Particularly for children, this means valuable time is lost where they are unable to make the most of being a child.

Aysha from Ethiopia is one such child who has to undertake this task. This is a day in her life…

Aysha’s story is not an isolated case. Climate change, extreme weather and increasing urbanisation mean that families in the poorest regions of the world are increasingly suffering from water shortages and lacking access to good hygiene facilities.


According to UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, around 770 million people worldwide do not have a basic supply of drinking water. Almost half of the world’s population – over 3.6 billion people – do not have safe sanitation facilities.

Every day, more than 700 children under the age of five die from preventable diseases caused by contaminated water or a lack of hygiene facilities.

Water is a valuable resource that should be used responsibly and in a meaningful way. In many cases, it’s even a matter of life and death: Clean water, toilets and good hygiene practices are essential if children are to survive and develop.

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