Water, Sanitation, Hygiene

Jul 18, 2012
Ravine Pintade: Building Back "Better" in Haiti Claudia Marcelus, a resident of Ravine Pintade in Port-au-Prince, describes life before and after her neighborhood was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake. Haphazard construction, inadequate water and sanitation facilities, no street lighting, reoccurring flooding, sewage problems and fear of fires, characterized life in Ravine Pintade before the earthquake. Through the Katye project funded by USAID, CHF International, PCI and the residents of Ravine Pintade were able to build back better. Katye, which means "neighborhood" in Creole, was based on a comprehensive and integrated planning process that involved experts, like architects and engineers, but also relied heavily on the participation of residents in the planning and decision-making... Read more
Apr 20, 2012
On Earth Day, which takes place each year on April 22nd, we recognize the importance of clean air, clean water, and the importance of maintaining the integrity of the natural world around us. CHF is working in many of its programs to promote environmental sustainability and contribute to the body of knowledge in regards to “green construction” practices. By implementing programs that are sustainable and “green,” we are helping the communities in which we work improve their surroundings and their environment. West Bank and Gaza—Safeer Children’s Center In the West Bank, CHF’s green construction initiatives are creating a model for the future of environmentally sustainable buildings in the Middle East. The Safeer Children’s Center incorporated... Read more
Mar 22, 2012
World Water Day is held annually on March 22nd to recognize the importance of water in our world and advocate for the sustainable management of water resources. CHF Honduras Water Harvesting Project Wins Global Award 
Our Millennium Challenge Corporation-Funded water harvesting project in Honduras won the Actions in Water and Climate Change Adaptation Prize last week. The project worked with rural farmers in Southern Honduras to build reservoirs that can be used to irrigate crops throughout the dry season, improving their productivity and economic security. Read more about the project and the award here
  Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge
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Sep 17, 2020
N. Sridevi, a single mother of two from Maharambaikulam in the conflict-affected Vavuniya district in the North of Sri Lanka, had been concerned over the area’s drinking water for many years. The people in the North and North Central Provinces have been experiencing high levels of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) for the last decade, and they believe the region’s polluted groundwater is the cause, although this has not yet been scientifically proven. Sridevi is still fearful of drinking groundwater, especially for her children. “There is a common belief among our villagers that the region’s water is contaminated and causes kidney diseases. So, we purchase water bottles from the town 2 km away at high costs,” she said. Seventeen percent of the families in the Vavuniya district have at least... Read more
Jul 23, 2020
“At about 12 midnight in June 2019, a baby boy was born to a young couple at the Tutukpene Health Center in the Oti Region. Unfortunately, there was no water to wash the mixture of blood and amniotic fluid off the baby and the equipment used for the delivery. Relatives of the newborn’s mother had to save their congratulatory wishes until after they fetched water from the nearby community, about 15 minutes away, on foot. Thankfully the baby survived,” recounted Monica Hwanompe, the Senior Community Health nurse, who doubles as a midwife at the Health Center. Provision of Water Supply This scenario was a common trend in some Health Centers and Community-based Health Planning Services (CHPS), community-based health care facilities in the Savannah and Oti Regions until... Read more
Jun 30, 2020
Under the Dry Corridor Alliance Program (ACS-USAID), the Government of Honduras and USAID aim to reduce extreme poverty and malnutrition in rural areas of Honduras. Since 2017, Global Communities has been implementing the “Watershed Management and Conservation” component of ACS-USAID in the departments of La Paz, Intibucá and Lempira, working with national government agencies, local and regional governments, communities and water organizations to address weak management of watersheds, which often results in severely deforested lands. The Project provides grants to communities to reduce rates of degradation and reforest the watersheds, providing sustainable access to water for consumption and irrigation. Global Communities also provides technical assistance to strengthen the capacity of... Read more
May 07, 2020
Global Communities is pleased to share a new research and learning brief “Improving School Attendance and Positive Feelings about Menstruation for Girls in Ghana through a Holistic Menstrual Health and Hygiene Management Approach.” The brief is based on findings from a 6 month pilot project and survey conducted by the Ghana WASH 4 Health Program, with technical support from Be Girl, a mission driven US-based social enterprise that creates innovative, reusable menstrual protection products and age-appropriate menstrual education methodologies. Key Findings from this research included: • Girls reporting difficulties in attending schools was reduced from 47% to 10% as a result of the pilot intervention, suggesting that a holistic MHH approach, that includes providing sustainable period... Read more
Apr 04, 2020
Global Communities has been implementing WASH programming in Syria since 2016, with support from OFDA and UNOCHA. Our work focuses on the provision of basic WASH services to a large cluster of formal camps in northwest Syria, reaching 153,000 individuals with water system maintenance, sanitation services, and water trucking. Every day we provide 3.6 million liters of potable water to camp residents, via trucking and through water networks, which is the equivalent to 25 liters of potable water per person per day. Our programs have also improved hygiene practices in the camp through the distribution of 43,639 hygiene kits, and 500 community waste bins. Electronic vouchers have enabled nearly 14,000 families to purchase critically -needed hygiene goods.
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Nov 20, 2019
Managing access to water in the so-called Dry Corridor is key to economic and food security in the Central American country. Reporting/photo: Teresa Welsh, Article production: Naomi Mihara
This article was originally published on the Devex website. San Antonio del Norte, HONDURAS — The pavement winds south through the Honduran countryside as pine forests shift gradually into the dry lowlands of the country’s drought-prone region. The new road, known as the Dry Channel, connects the Pacific and Atlantic sides of the country for the first time. For now, the road runs mostly through remote... Read more
Nov 18, 2019
By Eddy Perez, Global Communities Technical Director for WASH Hundreds of millions of people globally do not have access to sustainable safe drinking water and sanitation services. According to the WHO/UNICEF Global Joint Monitoring Program (JMP 2019), as of 2017, about 30 percent of the world’s population was without safely managed drinking water, and about 60 percent without access to a safely managed sanitation service. The situation is worse in rural areas, where 70 percent of the population lack basic services: as of 2017, 701 million were using unimproved pit latrines and 673 million still practiced open defecation. Three billion people still lacked basic handwashing facilities at home: 1.6 billion had limited facilities lacking soap or water, and 1.4 billion had no facility at all... Read more
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