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
One of every two people on the... Read more
May 18, 2021
Years of effort and focus by the Government of Ghana and its partners have yielded significant improvements in the country’s child morbidity and mortality rates. Still, every year, at least 4,000 Ghanaian children die from diarrhea, and 23% experience chronic malnutrition linked to poor water and sanitation.1 To help improve these numbers, USAID funded the seven-year Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Health (W4H) project to establish sustainable access to dignified, safe, and improved water supply and sanitation, and to promote behaviors and attitudes necessary for healthy lifestyles in Ghana. The project... Read more
Apr 06, 2021
Global Communities Ghana has signed a five-year partnership with the Gold Fields Ghana Foundation to help meet the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs of selected communities from two mining towns in the Western Region. As part of the partnership, Global Communities will plan and implement WASH infrastructure projects in underserved communities that have struggled to access clean water. Global Communities will provide technical and financial support around Behavior Change Communication (BCC) and implement capacity building and Social BCC activities to ensure sustainability of the infrastructure projects. Global Communities will also supervise construction to ensure it complies with all Government of Ghana laws, codes and regulations, as well as the Foundation’s and USAID... Read more
Mar 26, 2021
Traditional community-based rural water systems with their shallow wells and handpumps often do not provide sustainable water services. Pumps often break down and wells dry up; alternative water sources are frequently contaminated. This was the situation in Kalba, Ghana, a farming community with about 4,500 residents in 520 households. Kalba had ten shallow wells (boreholes), seven with handpumps and three privately owned. Unfortunately, almost all of them dried up during the dry season and the hand pumps were in a deplorable state. The community turned to hand-dug wells, streams and dams, until they too dried up. Kalba was a good candidate for a new approach to sustainable water services, the Small Town Water System funded by USAID Wash for Health Project. Now completed, the water system... Read more
Mar 23, 2021
This commentary is by Eddy Perez, Global Communities Technical Director for Water and Sanitation I was wrong about water supply and sanitation in the United States. When I volunteered in Honduras as a civil engineer with the U.S. Peace Corps in the mid-1970s, I believed that water supply and sanitation needs in the United States were well taken care of and that my skills and passion would be best used working in developing countries. I have since learned that there are significant numbers of underserved people in the United States who do not have equitable access to safe drinking water supply and/or safely managed sanitation. The more that I learn about the causes of the WASH problems and... Read more
Mar 23, 2021
Since 2009, Global Communities has implemented several WASH projects in response to the protracted crisis in Yemen. Global Communities WASH projects included rehabilitation of public water supply infrastructure, 29 rural community water points, four water points, and two water reservoirs serving 317,408 people in need in addition to rehabilitation of sanitation facilities in five schools benefiting 5,729 students, four water points.  Global Communities' Humanitarian Assistance Yemen 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 30,000 families to purchase critically needed hygiene goods, including soap, and sanitary pads.  The USAID-funded Continued Recovery,... Read more
Mar 23, 2021
A solution was shining down on the community of Jayshan Abyan, Jayshan — As a general rule of thumb, you can survive without water for about three days. In the sun-washed community of Jayshan, this is precisely how long 6,500 people had to wait to get water: once every three days.  Surprisingly, there is plenty of water in Jayshan. The water system flows from a well, drilled 35 years ago, that has not run dry. However, the main problem is the cost of getting this water to people. More specifically, the cost of powering the pump that supplies water to the residents of Jayshan.   When the water system was originally built, a diesel-powered water pump was installed. In Jayshan, diesel is scarce and expensive.  So expensive, in fact, the local committee managing their water system had to cut... Read more
Mar 22, 2021
Paula Rudnicka, Sr. Technical advisor for Gender Integration, PCI, A Global Communities Partner It has been over a year since COVID-19 brought much of the world to a halt and exacerbated  the most pressing development challenges, including inadequate and unsustainable access to water. According to pre-pandemic estimates, more than 2 billion people around the globe were unable to access safely managed drinking water services and 3 billion lacked basic handwashing facilities. With global lockdowns, economic recession, and diverted public resources, the number of people experiencing water insecurity is expected to rise. This is particularly true for communities... Read more
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