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A Jerry can full of water weighs 40 lbs. People all over Africa collect water in them and haul it long distances back to their homes. Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection, walking miles to the nearest source, which is likely to make them sick.
"In many places in Africa where there is no running water, it has to be delivered in jerrycans, be it on the back of old woman, or on a cart pulled by donkey. The plastic jerrycans are relatively recent thing, a blessing which is way cheaper and durable than old clay pots, and along with other cheap Chinese plastic goods, changed African daily life forever. Berbera, Somaliland."
A Kenyan woman handles a jerry can water jug at a distribution site in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, on March 21. The residents of one of Africa's biggest slums line up daily to fetch water for cooking and washing. Access to safe water in sub-Saharan Africa is worse than any other area in the African continent, with only 22 percent to 34 percent of populations in at least eight sub-Saharan countries having access to safe water. AFP / Getty Images / Roberto Schmidt
Accessible hand-washing facilities (Tanzania)
This picture shows a hand-washing station (fed from a rainwater harvesting system on top of the latrine) as part of a school latrine block which is accessible by children who use a wheelchair. The end latrine unit also has accessibility features and there is also a ramp with upstands. Picture by: Government of the United Republic of Tanzania / Rashid Mbago