Nur’s decision to leave her home was unspeakably brave. Calling on every ounce of courage, Nur walked her family towards safety. They hid in forests during the day and travelled only under the cover of darkness. They had no food or water and ate the leaves off trees to ease their hunger.
After eight days, Nur, her husband and their five children arrived at a refugee camp in Bangladesh.
Determined to build a new life for her family, Nur knew she needed better access to essentials like safety, sanitation, and most importantly, clean water.
In crowded camps like this one, or very remote communities, the search for clean water so often falls to the women and children. It means they have to give up education or work to support their families.
Entire communities are at risk of water-borne diseases, as many people have no choice but to defecate in open areas, polluting water sources and agricultural lands.
Red Cross works with some of the most disadvantaged communities in our region to solve this problem. Our water and sanitation specialists help design and build clean water solutions with local Red Cross Red Crescent colleagues and members of the community.
Because when people have the basics, they can build a better life. They can help each other through situations many of us can’t even comprehend.