Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
What we want to do:
We want to see all children enjoy access to clean water and improved sanitation facilities close to their homes so that they can stay well. We are working towards this by:
- Ensuring safe and equitable access to clean water for all
- Increasing the number of households with access to improved sanitation facilities
What is the problem?
Dirty water, lack of access to sanitation facilities and poor hygiene practices mean many people, especially children, get sick. When adults are sick, they are not able to work and when children are sick, they are not able to study or play. Not only do we want families to be able to access clean water, we want them to be able to collect it in under 30 minutes, saving women and girls countless hours which they can use to study or take care of their families.
How is World Vision addressing these issues?
We are improving access to clean water by drilling new boreholes and restoring water points. In addition to providing water for individual consumption, we are installing water systems at schools and health centres and educating communities and families about the importance of proper hygiene and sanitation practices.
Is what World Vision doing working?
Yes! Although there is still much to be done, the percentage of families with access to improved sanitation facilities in the areas where World Vision is working (35.4%) is more than 5 times the national average (6.2%). As a result, the rate of diarrhea has reduced significantly. And, we have seen a 31% increase in the number of households that have access to clean water close to their homes.
What’s the impact?*
- 137 boreholes were equipped with hand pumps
- 50 water points were rehabilitated
- 5 water points were installed in schools and health centres
- 110,850 people gained access to safe drinking water
*Numbers from 2017
- See how access to improved water, sanitation facilities and hygiene practices are improving the lives of children in Niger, like Halissa.
- Learn how our partnership with Sesame Street's Wash UP! is inspiring children, like Chamsiya, in Niger to be hygiene ambassadors in their families and communities.
- Our teams have been working to improve access to clean water across Niger for the past 20 years. See the impact of that work here.