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Clean water, Sanitation and personal Hygiene project

Help tackle water challenges. 768 million people do not have access to clean and safe water. 89% of these people live in Africa. A safe water supply, access to sanitation and practicing good hygiene could save the lives of 1.5 million children a year.

Every 21 seconds, a child die of water and sanitation related diseases. A lack of clean water, poor access to sanitation and the limited adoption of positive hygiene practices cause serious water and sanitation related diseases. Illnesses such as diarrhea and malaria are two of the leading causes of death among children under five. Of the 5,000 primary schools in Malawi, under a quarter meet the national standard of one latrine per 60 students and only 4% of schools have hand washing facilities.

Women and children (most girls) walk long distances to the nearest source of water and then have to carry the water home. Children exhaust themselves collecting water and they miss school time. And the water they collect is often dirty and contaminated. Contaminated   water and poor hygiene and sanitation lead to unnecessary suffering, disease and deaths.

Your support for CHAMA’s WASH programs will help increase access to clean water, improve access to sanitation and increase the adoption of positive hygiene practices – leading to healthier communities in rural Africa.

Addressing sanitation and hygiene

Sanitation, safe drinking-water and hygiene must all go hand in hand. Good hygiene practices and access to sanitation facilities are critical to achieving sustainable improvements in community health. Clean water may be available in a household, but if hand-washing and other practices are not routinely followed, the promised health benefits will not materialize. Similarly, access to a latrine does not ensure that the latrine will be used or properly maintained. Without a good understanding of the link between hygiene and disease, the health benefits of safe water and sanitation can be easily lost. CHAMA holds intensive training and motivation seminars throughout the project on the link between good health and good hygiene. These seminars link common illnesses (such as diarrhea and malaria) with proper hygiene (such as hand-washing before eating or preparing food). Linking sanitation with common health concerns increases community commitment and involvement.

Over the last 8 years, CHAMA has provided clean water and sanitation across African villages serving over 40,000 populations. Currently we are raising fund to drill wells in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and other East African rural communities where we serve. We are on a campaign to raise fund for our African water projects. We can’t achieve this goal on our own. We need your help. Donate now!