Tag Archives: proper hygiene

On the road for World Vision Water

On the road for World Vision Water | World Vision Blog

Sherree and Jim Funk visiting a family in Ethiopia. (Photo: Jon Warren/World Vision)

Five years ago, World Vision launched a groundbreaking initiative called the For Every Child Campaign (FEC), which aimed to create sustainable change in five strategic areas of our work for 20 million people! This week, the campaign comes to a close.

Hear from one of our FEC donors, whose passion was clean water, and the project she and her husband are embarking upon today to make an even bigger difference.

Pleading for clean water

Pleading for clean water | World Vision Blog

14-year-old Ruth fetches water from the water hole in Bulanda, Zambia. (Photo: 2014 Jon Warren/World Vision)

When we talk about people not having access to clean water, what does that really mean?

For the people of Bulanda, Zambia, it meant finding the fur of a drowned dog (and then the dog itself) in their only source of drinking water.

Read about the challenges that come without clean water, and this community's prayers and pleas for water … and an answer!

The hard questions

The hard questions | World Vision Blog

Tragedy is all too common around the world. Can World Vision really make a difference? Can we serve the poor in difficult situations?

See how our clean water and sanitation programs answer these hard questions with, "Yes."

Clean water for everyone in more than 2000 villages

Clean water for everyone in more than 2000 villages | World Vision Blog

A village in Zambia celebrates receiving access to clean water! (Photo: Dr. Greg Allgood/World Vision)

This month, World Vision Water announced a major accomplishment and something of a miracle: this year, we’ve provided clean drinking water to every man, woman, and child in 2,416 villages in Africa!

Read about our ambitious plan for universal coverage with clean water!

Going Deep: Global Water Solutions

Going Deep: Global Water Solutions | World Vision Blog

Eugene Cho visiting water projects in Kenya. (Photo: One Day's Wages/World Concern)

Pastor, speaker, and author Eugene Cho's parents grew up in extreme poverty in Korea. In this video interview, he describes the "not with hand-outs but with hand-ups" approach that gave them respect and dignity.

World Vision approaches community development in this way, working toward significant and lasting change in communities around the world. In an excerpt from Eugene's new book Overrated, he describes how these solutions work best for clean water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Getting real about sanitation: the dirty secret

Getting real about sanitation: the dirty secret | World Vision Blog

Hand washing is an important part of World Vision's sanitation education programs. (Photo: 2014 Dr. Greg Allgood/World Vision)

When World Vision provides a community with clean water, the impact of that water reaches much farther than the water the people drink. Latrines (sanitation) and proper hygiene (hand washing) are also crucial components of our holistic approach to community development.

Read about Dr. Greg Allgood's recent visit to Zambia, where hygiene and sanitation are transforming the health and well-being of communities!

Bath time brings tears

Bath time brings tears | World Vision Blog

Lauren Fisher with Syrian refugee Ghaziyye and her 4-year-old twin girls. (Photo: ©2013 Ralph Baydoun/World Vision)

Lauren Fisher, World Vision emergency communications officer, writes about meeting Ghaziyye and her twin girls, age 4, who are living as refugees in Lebanon.

What brought this mother to tears wasn't the violence or fear or having lost everything; it was that her girls were always dirty. Read how a simple provision from World Vision has wiped away those tears.

President Clinton’s toast to clean water

Twelve-year-old Confiance looked up at former President Bill Clinton, who rested his hand on her shoulder. I doubt she really knew who this man was, but she knew that it was a big deal he was visiting this Rwandan school.

And here she was, one of two children chosen to help demonstrate how a life-saving water purification system works.

Handwashing: The greatest medical invention of all time

Today, believe it or not, is Global Handwashing Day.

I appreciate there are a ton of these kinds of days, and it’s sometimes tough to get excited about them all. So far this month we’ve had World Habitat Day, International Day of Older Persons, International Day of Non-Violence, World Teachers Day, World Post Day, World Mental Health Day, International Day of the Girl Child, World Sight Day, International Day for Disaster Reduction, and International Day of Rural Women.

Phew! What a list -- and we're only halfway through the month. One would have to be a saint to get passionate about them all.

On the other hand, commemorative days can focus attention on what might easily be a vital yet neglected topic. Handwashing happens to be one such issue.

Clean water is life: Improvements to wells in Zambia

Samuel Mwinda Mwanangombe is World Vision’s design, monitoring, and evaluation officer for the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) program in Zambia. Samuel has worked for World Vision for three years, motivated by the opportunity to improve the quality of life for vulnerable and marginalized people -- especially orphans, widows, and those with disabilities -- by helping them realize their own potential to be agents of change.

He is dedicated to WASH because he’s seen firsthand the changes it has produced in communities and the lives of children. Samuel has seen God work through the WASH sector in Zambia, providing those in need with clean water, improved sanitation, and hygiene education to sustain their lives. Here, Samuel shares an example of that success, which he witnessed in a community where he works.

Q&A with our clean water expert in Uganda

Leading up to World Water Day on March 22, we're going to do a series of posts about our work in the area of water and sanitation, giving you some ideas of how to get involved.

Back in November, I got to see some of our clean water programs in northern Uganda, a place that is still scarred by decades of brutal civil war with Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). I never knew how complex the solution to the problem of clean water could be -- but I got to learn from some experts and ask a lot of questions.

One of the most informative conversations I had was with John Steifel, World Vision's Uganda water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) program coordinator. His explanations were so good, I thought I'd share them with you.

Why we start with water and sanitation

Recently I was invited on a trip with World Vision donors to visit our clean water programs in Uganda. I'm really proud that World Vision's water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programming is among the most advanced in the sector and helps thousands of children and families in communities affected by drought, natural disasters, and poor living conditions around the world.

While in Uganda, I talked with John Steifel, World Vision's Uganda WASH program coordinator.  I sat down with him for an informal interview so he could explain to me why we start with water in a community, and why clean water by itself isn't enough. He gave such a clear explanation of why sanitation and hygiene programs have to go hand in hand with bringing clean water. Here are the highlights: