WASH and Child Well-Being

World Vision’s community-based development approach addresses needs holistically, -- addressing physical, social and spiritual needs through multi-sectoral programming intersecting with key cross-cutting themes. The ultimate goal of all of World Vision’s work is child well-being. Child well-being at World Vision is defined by the following four targets:

  1. Children enjoy good health.
  2. Children are educated for life.
  3. Children experience the love of God and their neighbours
  4. Children are cared for, protected and participating.
World Vision believes that sustainable well-being is impossible without sustainable, equitable access to clean water, dignified sanitation and appropriate hygiene behaviours. The challenges of poverty are complex, however, and WASH is only one element of the work World Vision employs to ensure child well-being. For example, children and families need a secure source of nutritious food, essential healthcare, basic education, and protection.  Communities need sustainable livelihoods, peace and resilience. In partnership with parents, local leaders, government bodies, and other organizations, World Vision utilises a holistic approach to address the root causes of poverty. 

WASH is essential to sustaining this work. WASH is only one aspect of sustainable development, but without WASH there can be no sustainable development.

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