Iris Shu and Michelle Pathrose of the UNICEF Club at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School are creating a fundraiser for UNICEF WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene). Over 800 children die every day — about 1 every 2 minutes — from water- and sanitation-related diseases. Suffering and death from these diseases can be prevented by scaling up access to adequate water supply and sanitation facilities and eliminating open defecation. Since 1990, UNICEF and partners have played a vital role in providing access safe drinking water to over 2.6 billion people. As the lead emergency agency in the WASH sector, UNICEF offers a core package of water, sanitation and hygiene interventions in times of humanitarian emergency. In 2016, UNICEF •Invested $949 million to reach vulnerable children and families around the world access WASH. •Helped 39 million people gain access to safe drinking water around the world. •Supported construction of over 1,600 WASH facilities in health clinics and hospitals. •Assisted many communities around the world in providing water, sanitation, and hygiene.