Clean water, sanitation and hygiene for every child
Access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene gives children and their families a chance to flourish. We believe every child deserves – and has the right – to use safe water and live in a clean environment.
Clean water, a clean environment, and good hygiene practices are essential for children and families to thrive.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
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A world where all children have water, sanitation and hygiene
Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are essential for children and their families to live healthy, prosperous lives. WASH is at the core of child health and development and is vital for a child's well-being. We focus on bringing clean water, dignified sanitation and effective hygiene practices to communities, schools and healthcare facilities.
Clean and safe water supplies reduce the time needed to collect water. This allows children to attend school and parents, particularly mothers, to have more time to generate income for their families. Safe, private toilets and handwashing facilities with soap keep children and families free from disease.
WASH services at school mean that children can stay healthy and focused on learning. And healthcare facilities equipped with WASH services mean a higher quality of care for patients, including mothers and their newborn babies.
There is still work to be done. More than 700 children still die each day due to diarrhoea caused by unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene. The world has made a commitment to ensure that everyone has access to safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene by 2030. This goal is known as Sustainable Development Goal 6.
Our commitment is to ensure clean water, sanitation and hygiene for everyone, everywhere we work, by 2030.
"When my friends and I teach the other children in the camp in our own accent, they understand better and they also don’t feel shy."
Thanks to new safe toilets, 325 pupils can stay in school.
Read how a new water system is making life easier for returning refugees in South Sudan.
A new water system has turned a drought-stricken village in Afghanistan into a lush oasis for residents and neighbouring communities.
Syrian refugees in Lebanon receive hygiene kits to keep their tents clean and prevent the spread of disease.
"The new pump installed by World Vision has given smiles to pupils, teachers and the community."
Water kiosks make getting water efficient and safe for women and children.
See how access to clean water has transformed the live of Cheru and other members of her community in Kenya.
Lack of access to clean water makes life difficult for Ireen, and many other children in Malawi, who often dedicate several hours a day to collecting...
Being witnesses to the brutality of war in Syria and growing up in a refugee settlement affects children deeply.
Nine-year-old Jovilyn regularly reminds other children in her Philippines community about the importance of handwashing.
Liddah's been working alongside a drill team as a technical advisor, bringing water to communities.
WASH Business Plan
World Vision has created its Global WASH Business Plan for 2021-2025.
This plan outlines our commitments, investments and programmatic intentions in water, sanitation and hygiene programming over a five-year period.
Our WASH Programmes
Hear From Our Experts
Piped-water services are needed to meet Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 and reach vulnerable populations.
If children are malnourished, a lack of food isn't always to blame, explains Jean-Baptiste Kamate (JBK).
Much of the world's freshwater is in aquifers underneath our feet. In order to protect it, we must measure it.
World Vision is fostering a Culture of Quality to keep water flowing for generations.
Access to WASH opens doors to opportunities, especially for women.
Girls need more than pads to menstruate with confidence and dignity.
Handwashing is crucial to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, while at the same time helping to prevent other killer diseases.
Sustaining Access to Clean Water
The continuous availability of water—both in sufficient quantity and adequate quality—is fundamental to the expansion of safe drinking water services under Sustainable Development Goal 6. Despite the urgent need for solutions, the enormity of the global water security crisis can make it challenging to know where to begin.
This StoryMap discusses ways we address water security, including partnering with communities and government counterparts to build a water-secure future.