Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Water changes everything.
When you have access to water, you can keep yourself clean. You can wash your clothes, your dishes, your food and your hands. You can raise livestock and have a garden. And, of course, clean water means that you can quench your thirst.
With your help, we can connect more communities to the water that they need to thrive.
And that's just the beginning. It's the first step towards better hygiene. When you combine it with new information and habits, water can mean the difference between sickness and health. It is also an important part of building sanitary bathrooms. You're helping people all over the world create safe and dignified spaces in which to relieve themselves.
In a world where water is life, you're helping your neighbors live...and so much more.
Water Makes a World of Difference in Haiti
Tulsaint Sermilien knows what it’s like to always be worried about water. “I used to walk over 60 minutes to get water in Digé or at the source at the river Cadet,” he says of his daily walk in his community in Haiti. It was a dangerous trip, too. Animals had been known to fall on the slippery, rocky road. …
Fair water access promotes peace in Cao Binh, Vietnam
Most of the people who live in Cao Binh village are from the Tay ethnic group, Vietnam’s largest ethnic minority. The name of their village comes from its location in the mountains of northwest Vietnam: “Cao” means “high” and “Binh” means “flat.” So, it’s the flat area on a high mountain. Cao Binh’s residents use a small stream about a …
Household latrines help families in Indonesia stay healthy during COVID-19
Disaster struck the village of Balongga in Indonesia in September 2018. A massive earthquake–and the resulting tsunamis and land liquefaction–destroyed or badly damaged most houses here. Today, many families in Balongga still live in “temporary” shelters that organizations including CWS helped them build. They are meant to be an intermediate solution and have a couple of sturdy rooms in each …