WATER, SANITATION & HYGIENE (WASH)
Globally, around 2.1 billion people lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and over 4 billion people are without safely managed sanitation facilities (WHO/UNICEF JMP- 2016). Provision of WASH education and services improves the health of family members, especially children who grow stronger and perform better in school and sports.
By providing safe and clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, you can help the most disadvantaged people to maximize their potential in a safer and healthier environment and contribute in the fight against poverty, hunger and disease.
263 million people have to spend more than 30 minutes per trip for collecting water from sources outside the home.
159 million still drink untreated water from surface water sources, such as streams or lakes, and majority of them live in rural areas.
Millions of homes, healthcare facilities and schools in many poor and under developed countries still lack clean drinking water, and sanitation facilities including soap for handwashing.
Every day, more than 800 children under age 5 die from diarrhea attributed to poor water and sanitation.
The average woman in rural Africa walks 6 kilometers every day to haul 40 pounds of water.
The scarcity of clean drinking water disproportionally affects women and girls as they are seen as the collectors and guardians of water due to their stereotypical roles in many poor and developing societies.
Globally, women spend approximately 200 million collective work hours for collecting water per day.
Regions with the lowest coverage of improved sanitation are sub-Saharan Africa (31%), Southern Asia (33%) and Eastern Asia (65%).
Good hygiene is one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent the spread of disease.
The installation of toilets and latrines may enable schoolchildren, especially girls, to continue their education by remaining in the school system.
WHAT WE DO?
Construction of Water Wells and Water Pumps: In Africa and South Asia, we improve the communities’ access to safe and clean drinking water by constructing water wells and installing water hand pumps in coordination with the relevant local government departments and ensuring compliance with the globally accepted quality standards. The water well can serve a community of around 3,000 people and Water Hand Pump serves up to 200 people for 5-10 years.
Construction of Latrines and Water Facilities in Schools: In highly under served and poor communities, we support the installation and maintenance of latrines and water facilities in schools since children are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of poor sanitary conditions and lack of hygiene. It is also an important factor in education, especially for girls, many of whom leave school after puberty due to the lack of latrines.
WASH Education and Awareness: Establishment of WASH Committees at community level and their training orientation on WASH and better management of water facilities. We also facilitate the setting up of School Health Clubs and awareness raising events and campaigns, community education using electronic and print media, training and mobilization of health volunteers/workers.