Our approach to water, sanitation and hygiene
Create a clean start to set children up for life
The first 1,000 days of life are critical to children’s health, and water, sanitation and hygiene is a vital part of this. We integrate our work with maternal, newborn and child health, nutrition and early childhood development – far more effective than addressing any of these areas in isolation.
Provide flow-on benefits for disadvantaged groups
Inaccessibility to water and sanitation is a major reason why children with disabilities drop out of school. We provide solutions that are accessible, affordable and dignified, increasing their opportunities for education, employment and self-sufficiency.
Wash away barriers for women and girls
When girls are unable to manage menstrual hygiene, it affects their education, health and overall wellbeing. In Ethiopia for example, on average 51 percent of girls miss four school days a month because of their periods. By providing appropriate knowledge and resources, we harness one of the biggest opportunities to improve education and equality for girls.
Get access up and running in every context
Almost half of all schools in low-income countries lack access to water and sanitation facilities. We provide safe drinking water, improved sanitation facilities and education on hygienic behaviours, like handwashing with soap, which can reduce cases of diarrhoea by 44 percent.
Increased urbanisation has also increased urban poverty, and the built environment requires us to adapt. High density housing, paved and concrete roads, and security issues demand different types of toilets, water storage and drainage. Our work also involves building local government capacity to facilitate sustainable interventions.