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The Water Initiative - An investment for the future

Water - the Basis of Life

Access to clean drinking water and sanitation is a human right. Both are essential to overcome hunger and poverty. In many countries this human right is not fulfilled. More than 780 million people have no clean water. 2.5 billion people - more than a third of the world's population – are suffering from a lack of adequate sanitation. With alarming results: 3,600 children under the age of five die every day from diarrhea caused by contaminated water and food.

Together with its partners, World Hunger Aid is committed to ensuring sustainable drinking water and sanitation that is available to all people on an equal and permanent basis. The organization also helps people to protect their health by improving hygiene. 


Water supply to schools in Burkina Faso and Ethiopia


WASH in Burkina Faso

Some regions of Burkina Faso have numerous water access points thanks to a humid climate. But these are mostly difficult to reach for the people of the isolated villages. Furthermore only around three percent of these people have access to a toilet. This results in an increased health risk, almost 70 percent of childhood illnesses are due to inadequate sanitation. For this reason, so-called health clubs are being founded in addition to the construction of sanitary facilities at schools in 12 municipalities. Here everyone can be sensitized to the practices of hand washing at an early stage. By the end of the project, approximately 320,000 people will have access to a toilet and receive targeted hygiene awareness training. In particular, this will also improve the health of young children and pupils who suffer most from the precarious hygiene conditions. A hygienic school environment is very important for the children. They no longer get sick so often and can attend classes regularly. This increases the chances of a good and secure education.


WASH in Ethiopia

In the south of Ethiopia, on the Kenyan border, lies Borana, an area in the Oromia region that is characterized by its beauty and biodiversity. At the same time the living conditions of the inhabitants are aggravated by regularly recurring droughts. The rural population has an average of only four liters of water per person per day. People need a minimum of 20 liters per day for their basic needs in hygiene and the cleaning of food. Only every third person has access to clean drinking water. Only 20 percent of the people in Ethiopia have access to a toilet. 60 percent of all illnesses and 15 percent of deaths are caused by this deficiency. Children under the age of five, women and the older people are particularly affected. Health is an important part of the WASH project in schools. In the Borana region, new toilets are being built in ten schools and so-called WASH clubs in which pupils get to know water and hygiene practices. Boys and girls are informed about the possibilities of protecting their environment with their precious resources and are enabled to pass this knowledge on to others. The construction of toilets is a great relief, especially for girls. This provides a safe screen from the eyes of the classmates.

The Water Initiative

The aim of the initiative is to support proven and new approaches in the projects, implement specific sustainable measures and try out innovative concepts. In addition work results are collected and evaluated in order to make the knowledge available between World Hunger Aid and its partners, organizations and other stakeholders. By supporting the Water Initiative, funds are used where they are most urgently needed - even in regions that are not in the public eye. Further information on this and other projects can be found at the website of World Hunger Aid.