Access to clean drinking water and sanitation

Clean water is a basic human right, and something many of us take for granted. But for millions of people across Africa, Asia, and the Pacific, accessing clean drinking water is an everyday challenge. At the same time, one billion people practise open defecation (OD) due to lack of toilets and hygiene awareness. Poor water and sanitation are leading causes of diarrhoea, which is the second biggest cause of death among children under five.

Water is essential for cooking, washing, and farming. With access to a clean and local water source, communities can improve their hygiene and sanitation, reduce the burden of fetching water that rests largely on women and girls, and increase their agricultural productivity.

Our Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH) program recognises that access to water is a fundamental requirement for good health, and also necessary for agricultural productivity. Our program therefore:

  • educates communities about hygiene and sanitation
  • raises awareness of COVID-19 prevention methods
  • increases access to water at household and community level
  • trains communities in managing their water resources
  • empowers women to take leadership on water issues in their community
  • builds communities’ climate resilience.

Alignment with SDGs

The WASH program contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

SDG1 No Poverty   SDG3 Good Health and Well-being   SDG5 Gender Equality   SDG6 Clean water and Sanitation

Water sanitation program in Africa

In Africa, our WASH program focuses on installing and refurbishing water points; constructing dams, irrigation systems, and wells to support farming; and educating communities about good hygiene practices. Water committees are trained in monitoring water quality, promoting good hygiene in their communities, and repairing water infrastructure.

A community achieves its clean water dream

Water sanitation program in the Pacific

Access to clean drinking water is a significant challenge in remote Pacific Island communities, which lack infrastructure and hygiene training. Our WASH program focuses on educating communities about water hygiene, installing water points, and increasing access to water for small-scale agriculture.

Increasing climate resilience in Kiribati

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