WASH

Safe water
Walking an hour back ánd forth to get contaminated water. You would rather not think about it, but for many people this is daily reality. With our water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects, we provide over a hundred and fifty people –a whole village – with safe water by installing one deep tube well. How do we make sure that the water well still works after a couple of years? Together with the community we install a maintenance committee, train them and supply them with proper equipment. In this way, the water well will last at least another twenty years.

Sanitation
In some developing countries, more people have a mobile phone than a toilet. Exposing whole communities to health risks like contamination of surface water and bacterial infections. Within our WASH programs, we motivate people to buy simple latrines at an affordable price or on monthly payment. We also offer trainings to suppliers of latrines. We join forces with the water and sanitation program (wsp) of the World Bank to stimulate sanitation marketing. Satitation marketing is a relative new way to bring to scale the supply on improved sanitation facilities through a social and business approach. What else do we do? We offer boys and girls separated latrines at schools. In this way far less girls drop out of school when they start menstruating.

Hygiene education
Washing hands after using the toilet and before ánd after preparing food: without hygiene education, the installation of wells and latrines only has a limited impact. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), child mortality declines by 45 percent as a result of awareness on hygiene. Therefore, hygiene education plays a central role in our WASH programs. With trainings and working groups we make people aware of the importance of hygiene practices. By doing so we create a long-term behavioral change.

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