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Sand dams bring water within 30 minutes of people's homes - saving time and improving health.

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Collecting water in rural drylands is a daily chore. Many women and girls spend as much as 12 hours each day just collecting water for their families.

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That's 12 hours carrying up to 20kg of water on their heads or back every day.

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Sand dams supply a lifetime of clean water close to home - providing much needed relief.

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Sand dams also protect water from contamination - filtering it clean through sand.

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In Kenya, 400 women per 100,000 die in child birth. Having a source of water close to home greatly reduces this risk.

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Sand dams also enable people in rural drylands to grow more food.

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But not only a greater quantity and quality, but more diverse and nutritious too.

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Diarrhoea caused by unclean water is one of the world’s greatest killers, claiming the lives of five times as many children as HIV/AIDS.

UNDP Human Development Report 2006

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