Access to clean water is vital to the health of any community. According to fresh water researchers, Indonesia has the worst drinking water in Southeast Asia. (Source) Only 30 per cent of city residents have access to clean water and that number drops to only 10 per cent in the villages. Now imagine that in isolated areas or tsunami-affected areas.
Water and sanitation are an integral part of all our Mother and Child Health programs.
We work together with communities and local government to establish clean water facilities and sanitation practices, using a mix of practical support, education and sanitation promotion.
Our practical support is the provision of water facilities such as spring protection, pipes, water tanks and tap stands. We only provide materials that are not locally available. All other materials are gathered and contributed by the community to ensure ownership and knowledge of the facilities, which drives sustainability.
We provide sustainable clean water facilities that are managed by community water committees. These water projects eliminate the need for women and children to make multiple trips each day carrying heavy buckets of water.
Utilising these clean water facilities, we also work with communities to build latrines and implement hand washing campaigns with readily-available materials, leading to improved hygiene and sanitation practices.
To ensure the water keeps flowing we create water committees, partnering with local government, community health volunteers and community members, and provide technical training for maintenance and repairs.
The real impact of our work shines through when you read the personal stories from the field. Fighting poverty and improving living conditions is tougher than it seems, as there are many different and interlinked factors that contribute to the situation.Read more