More than 2 billion people live in countries experiencing high water stress.
People with access to water or handwashing stations
Wells, filters, tanks or water points installed
People educated on hygiene practices
WHY CLEAN WATER?
Water is life, and clean water is at the core of sustainable development. Water and sanitation projects are deeply interwoven with other sustainable development goals. Improving access to clean water increases a child’s ability to stay in school instead of walking miles to collect water every day. Improving sanitation also improves health and reduces the risk of waterborne or diarrheal diseases. Building new wells and water collection systems provide jobs within communities. And finally, increased access to water can help provide economic and agricultural sustainability.
- 4.2 billion people lack safely managed sanitation services.
- 2.2 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services.
- By 2025, 1.8 billion people are expected to be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity
- 279,000 children under five die every year from diarrheal diseases.
- About 40% of the global population–3 billion people–do not have a handwashing facility with soap and water at home.
- Reducing the time it takes to fetch water from 30 to 15 minutes increased girls’ school attendance by 12% according to a study in Tanzania.
When she was ten weeks pregnant, Jennifer joined the Mother Mentor program with our partner GHEI. On April 30th, 2018, Jennifer gave birth to her son, Kwadwo. Since giving birth, Mother Mentor Lilian pays Jennifer a visit every two weeks to discuss a variety of topics related to the well-being and development of the child, such as hygienic practices to prevent infections, the ins and outs of breastfeeding, the importance of vaccines, and how to prevent and treat diarrhea. Kwadwo is growing healthy and strong with the knowledge that Jennifer now has!
Every healthy birth is a reason to celebrate. That's why we partnered with Action for Development to train midwives in Afghanistan, so that more women have access to a skilled birth attendant. When the midwives were asked about their experience with the skills gap training program, they said, “The subjects taught in this training were very helpful, effective and unique as they are usually not included in the curriculum of midwifery school in such detail. Everything we have learned during this training will be transferred to other midwives, as we aim at decreasing maternal/child mortality rates in our country.”
Vorleak was referred to our partner Mother's Heart after being trafficked to China as a child bride. “Mother’s Heart was quick to support me as soon as I was referred to them. I received crisis pregnancy counseling and helped me cope with the changes in me, physical and emotional. The staff was kind, they were not judgmental, and they provided me with choices along the way about what support and services are available to me whichever way I take. They helped me explore my feelings and fears and gave me space when I needed. They also reached out to my mother and other family members, to help them come to understand what happened to me, accept me and my baby so that they are able to support me emotionally when I return to our village."
It is late afternoon and the women begin arriving at the meeting location for their weekly Savings for Health program group in the shade of an old moringa tree. Korotoumou is there with two of her six children. Participating in the savings group gives the families the opportunity to save for their future needs, such as healthcare expenses. The most frequent illness Korotoumou's family encounters is malaria, which is especially prevalent during the rainy season as the mosquito population booms. But with the Savings for Health program, she can now rest a little easier. The collective nature of the savings group gives her confidence that her community cares and a feeling of agency in being able to contribute to the better health of not just her children, but many other children.
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