Friday, October 13, 2017 - 21:48 by Kristie Urich
By Wanjiku Kuria, Technical Specialist - Sanitation & Hygiene, World Vision Kenya
Diarrhoea alone kills nearly 2 million people worldwide each year, of which 1.5 million are children. Nearly 90 per cent of diarrhoea is attributed to unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene. Poor water, sanitation and hygiene-related diseases are the number one cause of hospitalization...
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, October 4, 2017 - 17:04 by Kristie Urich
By: Precious Sancho, Senior Technical Advisor, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – World Vision US
Little Blessing is truly my blessing! Her smile lights up the room and you can’t help laughing at her hyper child-like innocence. Blessing and her mother, my cousin, arrived in Virginia from Liberia in the fall of 2015. I met her as a bubbly 4-year-old who kept me laughing and on my toes with her child-like antics. We...
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 06:00 by
Written by Omar El Hattab, Regional WASH advisor for UNICEF MENA (Middle East and Northern AFrica), Marielle Snel, Regional WASH advisor for World Vision MEERO (Middle East and Eastern Europe) and Anne Lloyd (Consultant)
Although many of the countries in the Middle East region have advanced water and sanitation services; several countries face numerous challenges, such as water scarcity, energy crises, complex social and political...
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, March 12, 2017 - 08:08 by Jean-Baptiste Kamate
Some of the world’s major rivers have very humble beginnings. The Zambezi River begins from a bubbling stream. A glacial stream is the furthest source of the Amazon River. From these humble beginnings, however, these waters join into other water sources and tributaries to become mighty rivers strong enough to make rough rocks smooth and cut deep canyons into the earth.
World Vision’s work in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) can...
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...