Lack of access to safe water is a major health issue in developing countries.
2.5 billion people lack access to basic sanitation such as toilets or latrines, while 1.8 billion drink fecally-contaminated water.
Nearly 1,000 children die every day from preventable diarrhoeal diseases contracted through dirty water.
Our water and sanitation projects seek to educate communities about hygiene, establish water points operated and repaired by skilled committees, and improve schools’ access to clean water.
In Malawi, we build and repair water points to ensure communities have access to safe water. This helps to prevent life-threatening diseases such as cholera, and also reduces the burden on women and girls to fetch water from far away.
We train water point committees in how to monitor the water quality and make repairs. These committees act as ambassadors for good hygiene in their communities. We also help to install chlorine dispensers at existing water points to ensure that water is safe to drink. This reduces the incidence of diarrhoeal diseases, and improves local understanding of the importance of clean water.
We train school sanitation clubs and drama groups to share good sanitation and hygiene messages through performance. These groups have helped to spread awareness of the Ecosan latrine. We help families to install these sustainable latrines that can be built using local materials so people no longer have to resort to open defecation.
We also help communities to establish Jatropha tree nurseries and learn how to make soap. Jatropha soap is not only affordable and promotes good hygiene, but also provides a good livelihood for soap makers.
In Cambodia, we install wells in remote regions vulnerable to climate change. This creates many flow-on effects. Villagers have more time to dedicate to other activities, such as work or study. Children have fewer health issues and better school attendance as they no longer have to walk long distances to collect water, which can also be unsafe.
We work with communities in Fiji, Kiribati and Timor Leste to provide clean water and sanitation facilities. In Fiji, we install first flush systems, which prevent contaminated water from entering tanks. We also install water storage tanks, and train water point committees in hygiene and sanitation. In Kiribati, we help the community to build water pipes, bringing clean water from the village well to their households, which they can use for drinking, washing, and irrigating their kitchen gardens.