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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Jan 18, 2021
The WASH for Health (W4H) project has been promoting handwashing as a key hygiene behaviour among Ghanaian households and basic school students since its inception in 2015. Increasingly, handwashing has become the new normal lifestyle in Ghana and beyond, primarily as a result of efforts to protect against the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Health Organization continues to emphasise handwashing as one of the sure ways to prevent the spread of the virus. As a result of continuing efforts from W4H involving sensitization and education, a girl in Dambai named Isabella influenced her mother to purchase a Veronica bucket (a handwashing facility invented by a Ghanaian retired nurse, Veronica Bekoe, made of a bucket affixed with a small tap at the bottom) for their home. ... Read more
Jan 18, 2021
In Ghana, one place apart from home to feel cared for is a Health Care Facility (HCF). Not only are the health personnel professional, but most importantly, the health care institution must have functional Water Access, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities including toilet facilities, handwashing stations and clean drinking water stations. Unfortunately, the Ghana Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report in 2016 estimated that 30% of HCFs lack access to basic water services and 83% of health facilities do not have improved sanitation. This disturbing revelation motivated Global Communities to partner with an International NGO Water4 through its local implementing partner Access Development to improve the WASH status of 30 HCFs in the Wassa East District of the Western Region of Ghana... Read more
Nov 18, 2020
By Eddy Perez, Global Communities Technical Director for WASH With billions of people lacking access to the safe, sustainable sanitation essential for public health and for eradicating extreme poverty, World Toilet Day is not a day for celebration, but rather a day to sound the call for action on the global sanitation crisis. Global Communities embraces sustainable sanitation as essential for public health and for lifting people out of poverty. We recognize the need for a fundamental shift in approach in WASH interventions if the world is to attain the... Read more
Oct 29, 2020
This press release was originally published on the Millennium Water Alliance website. Washington, DC, October 28, 2020 – The Millennium Water Alliance Board of Directors has approved the membership of Global Communities, a development and humanitarian assistance organization with operations in 26 countries in the Western  Hemisphere, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, as the newest member of the Alliance. “At a time of unprecedented global health challenges, Global Communities looks forward to working with the Millennium Water Alliance to advance safe hygiene and access to clean water for communities around the world,” said David A. Weiss, CEO of Global Communities. “We see opportunities to learn from MWA’s highly respected members, to... Read more
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
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