Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 07:01 by Kristie Urich
By Dr Fungai Makoni, WASH Regional Programme Director, World Vision East Africa Region
When my daughters were doing their first grade in Harare, Zimbabwe, I went to their schools while I was working for the Institute of Water and Sanitation Development. I worked with the teachers on how to help younger students understand and practice health hygiene behaviours – particularly the importance of washing their hands
The teachers found...
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 17:37 by Emmanuel Opong
By Dr Emmanuel Opong, Regional Director, WASH and Capacity Building, World Vision International
What if no one ever washed their hands?
(And, yes, this includes no hand sanitizer.)
How long would we expect life as we know it to persist?
Well, if you live in a developed country, you might expect that life could...
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 17:17 by Joseline N. Annan
By Joseline N. Annan and Cynthia Fosuah, WV Ghana
Sherifa is a nine-year-old girl living in a community called Dingoni, in Ghana. This fun-loving girl, only child to her parents, has become a champion for change in her community.
Her school participated in the WASH UP! Programme, an initiative developed through a partnership between Sesame Workshop and World Vision that helps children...
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 16:47 by Kristie Urich
By Robel Lambisso, West Africa Regional WASH Technical Advisor & GI-WASH Team, World Vision Ghana
Since the early 1990s, Ghana’s water and sanitation sector has seen major reforms to address weaknesses. Appropriate institutional, legal and regulatory structures have been put in place, particularly for the urban and rural water supply system.
While the country enjoys a marked success in achieving 89% access to safe water, the same cannot be...
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 08:37 by
Do you remember the first time you went to school with your period? I do. At my school in country Victoria only one toilet in the far end of the bathroom had a bin to dispose of sanitary products. Worried that the other girls would notice I was visiting that particular toilet and guess I had my period, I tried to sneak inconspicuously as not to raise suspicion. Convinced that I was the only one who had started menstruating, I did my best to keep it a secret.
Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 22:36 by
Sitting in class like most other days, Suad suddenly turns to her classmate in wide eyed amazement. Stifling a giggle, she feels a sense of shocked astonishment about the subject of today’s lesson. While maths is usually the topic of Tuesday morning’s class, today they are discussing menstrual hygiene management and reproductive health.
In Somalia, much like in Australia, menstruation is a taboo topic. In Somalia though, menstruation is considered to be unclean and...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 17:03 by
By Greg Allgood, Vice President, Water, World Vision US
I’ve known for years that when water flows into a community it can lead to transformation, but I’ve never seen this more clearly than during my visit to the community of Gwembe in Zambia.
I spent the...