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Clean water, sanitation and hygiene for every child

Access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene gives children and their families a chance to flourish. We believe every child deserves – and has the right – to use safe water and live in a clean environment.

Clean water, a clean environment, and good hygiene practices are essential for children and families to thrive.

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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene


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A world where all children have water, sanitation and hygiene

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are essential for children and their families to live healthy, prosperous lives. WASH is at the core of child health and development and is vital for a child's well-being. We focus on bringing clean water, dignified sanitation and effective hygiene practices to communities, schools and healthcare facilities.

Clean and safe water supplies reduce the time needed to collect water. This allows children to attend school and parents, particularly mothers, to have more time to generate income for their families. Safe, private toilets and handwashing facilities with soap keep children and families free from disease.

WASH services at school mean that children can stay healthy and focused on learning. And healthcare facilities equipped with WASH services mean a higher quality of care for patients, including mothers and their newborn babies.

There is still work to be done. More than 1000 children still die each day due to diseases caused by unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene. The world has made a commitment to ensure that everyone has access to safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene by 2030. This goal is known as Sustainable Development Goal 6.

Our commitment is to ensure clean water, sanitation and hygiene for everyone, everywhere we work, by 2030.


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WASH Business Plan

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World Vision has created its Global WASH Business Plan for 2021-2025.

This plan outlines our commitments, investments and programmatic intentions in water, sanitation and hygiene programming over a five-year period.

World Vision is reaching one new person with clean water every 10 seconds.

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Sustaining Access to Clean Water


The continuous availability of water—both in sufficient quantity and adequate quality—is fundamental to the expansion of safe drinking water services under Sustainable Development Goal 6. Despite the urgent need for solutions, the enormity of the global water security crisis can make it challenging to know where to begin. 

This StoryMap discusses ways we address water security, including partnering with communities and government counterparts to build a water-secure future.