Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

The goal of World Vision’s WASH Program is to significantly improve child wellbeing by enabling families and communities to achieve sustainable access to safe water and improved sanitation facilities, and practice good hygiene.

THE NEED | In many cultures, the responsibility of collecting water falls to women and girls, who must often walk for miles in search of water that may well be contaminated. This time-consuming chore prevents many girls from attending school and impedes the ability of mothers to care for their children. What’s more, unclean water and poor sanitation and hygiene contribute to the spread of disease and increase the chances of children dying before the age of 5. Worldwide, an estimated 2.5 billion people, many of them women and girls, lack access to improved sanitation.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES | By providing access to clean water, improved sanitation, and hygiene training, we will work to reduce the distances traveled by women and girls collecting water and decrease the susceptibility of pregnant women and young girls to waterborne diseases.