Change everything with water

Join the World Vision 40 Hour Famine to change everything for kids who urgently need clean water.
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Join the World Vision 40 Hour Famine 1–3 July.

Today, 800 children died because they didn’t have clean water. And another 800 children are at risk of dying. Every. Single. Day.

Right now, we have everything it takes to bring life-saving water to children in the world’s toughest places. And give their communities the tools to keep clean water flowing for years to come.

It starts with you helping one child, one family, one village, one community. Why just talk about change when we can lead it now?

We can’t wait another day. 40 Hours. Choose your challenge. Let’s go!

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Whatever idea you have to challenge yourself, go for it! You can try 40 hours, 40 litres or walk 40km. Your imagination is the only limit!
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Every time you need water for drinking, washing, cooking and flushing, you have to collect it in a bucket – no inside taps allowed! Every day, kids walk long distances for water and they can only use what they can carry. Are you up for the challenge?

Use just 40 litres of water total, for 40 hours. In NZ we use more than 200 litres of water each per day, while millions of kids are trying to survive on as little as 5. Experience life with limited water (set aside 6L for drinking before you start).

Walk, run, row, ride, swim, skip… 40km in 40 hours. In parts of Africa and Asia, kids carry water an average of 6km a day. That’s 42km a week! Do it in a team and split the kms. Bonus challenge: do each km while carrying a bucket of water.

How creative can you get with 40 hours? Can you dance, bake, play, paint, make, create? What could you do or go without for 40 hours? Need inspo? Follow us on IG @40hourfaminenz and use our random challenge generator or click here for our chatterbox.

Meet Prisca: a 9-year-old girl from Malawi who is constantly sick from dirty water.

There are no taps or wells near Prisca's home. She has to fetch water from a stream that is a long way away. Every morning, Prisca gets up early to collect water. It's hard work carrying heavy buckets of water home.

Animals also drink from the stream. But it's her family's only source of water. Prisca has to drink the dirty stream water to survive.

"The water that we drink isn't safe at all. When I drink dirty water, I get a sore stomach. This makes it hard for me to walk, and I'm often late for school. If we had clean water, we wouldn't be sick so often, and we could be happy all the time. I wouldn't have to miss school, which would help me fulfil my dreams." she says

Prisca urgently needs clean water so she can build a brighter future. What are we waiting for? Click here for more information


Gives 3 months of emergency water to a child in a refugee camp.

Buys a 1-month water purifying kit for a family.

Gives a child a long-term clean water pump close to home.

Provides 3 months of emergency water to 100 people in a refugee camp.

Meet our 2022 World Vision 40 Hour Famine Ambassadors.


“The World Vision 40 Hour Famine is about good people helping people – it's such a fun way of making a positive difference, that’s why I love it,” says Julian. Born and raised in Lower Hutt, Julian became a household name at 13 through his award-winning role in Hunt for the Wilderpeople before going on to star in several Hollywood blockbusters.


“I feel like having access to water should just be a given! To know that there are some people who don’t have it is quite disheartening, so I'm glad to be a part of helping change this,” says Tegan. With her home base in in Palmerston North, Tegan is one-third of the Mai Morning Crew radio show and a judge in TVNZ’s new talent show 60 SECONDS.


“I encourage each and every one of you to take part in the World Vision 40 Hour Famine. In the scheme of things, 40 hours isn’t a very long time, yet the impact we can make for children is massive,” says Caleb, who grew up on the west side of Auckland. In 2020, Caleb made the NZ rugby team he had been dreaming about since he was a kid!

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