World Vision International

Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

At World Vision we believe that every child deserves clean water. It's the essential building block of life that allows children and their communities to survive and flourish. Our community-based approach gives us deep roots in the community, while our more than 60-year history gives us the longevity and experience to take quality, sustainable interventions to scale.  

World Vision has been working in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for more than 50 years, starting in the 1960s primarily with small water projects in individual communities. We gained much experience in the subsequent decades, including a significant scale-up through the West Africa Water Initiative – a large public-private partnership, where World Vision served as the lead non-governmental organisation. In 2010, World Vision made a strategic decision to scale up its investment in WASH, making an increased, targeted investment in WASH in 12 countries with high WASH need – ten in Africa, one in Latin America, and one in Asia. Because of this strategic investment, over the last 5 years we have reached more that 7 million people with water, sanitation and hygiene, specifically providing safe drinking water to more than 5.5 million people.

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.

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