Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Clean water and sanitary conditions are the most basic of human needs yet: 2.1 billion people lack access to safe water. 4.4 billion people lack access to proper sanitation. 3.7 miles is the average distance a woman walks per day to collect water in the developing world
Lack of access to clean drinking water, adequate sanitation systems and hygiene education is a leading cause of disease and death worldwide.
Women are disproportionately affected by the water crisis, as they are often responsible for collecting water for the household. A lack of water and sanitation keeps a woman locked in a cycle of poverty. By identifying and prioritising the needs of women, and men, girl children and boy children we empower communities to break the cycle of poverty.
For every dollar invested in water and sanitation results in a $4.30 return in the form of reduced healthcare costs (WHO, 2014).
In refugee camps such as Obrenovac, where we work in Serbia, we support the building of sanitation infrastructure, clean water taps, and provide hygiene education to residents, as well as hygiene and dignity kits. Communities are involved in the design and management of WASH interventions, while as with all our work we pay special attention to women's needs, vulnerable communities and children.