India’s huge and growing population is putting a severe strain on the country’s natural resources. Most water sources are contaminated by sewage and agricultural runoff. Hygiene practices also continue to be a problem in India. Latrine usage is extremely poor in rural areas of the country - only 14% of ... continue reading.
Around the world 2.5 billion people don’t have access to a toilet and 1.1 billion still practice open defecation. Women struggle the most from the lack of adequate sanitation. In many countries, it is not acceptable for a woman to relieve herself during the day. They wait hours for nightfall, ... continue reading.
The WaterCredit program tackles two related goals: lack of access to safe water and sanitation, and lack of access to finance to secure these necessities among those living in poverty throughout the developing world. WaterCredit connects microfinance institutions to communities in developing countries in need of clean water and toilets. ... continue reading.
In the last 20 years, Ethiopia has experienced recurring droughts followed by famines. During times of drought, water-related diseases are rampant. Surface water sources dry up or are contaminated by human and animal excreta. The stagnant water also serves as a breeding place for mosquitoes. In times of drought, there ... continue reading.
Only 57 percent of the rural population in Kenya has access to an improved drinking water source. The little water that is available is contaminated and unsafe. Women spend up to 4 hours a day collecting water, preventing them from taking up income generating activities, or in the case of ... continue reading.
Bangladesh's urban slum population is increasing at alarming rates. The enormous quantity of people living in such close quarters causes people living in these slums to have very poor health. Most people in these slums live on less than US $2 a day, and many live on less than US ... continue reading.
Access to safe water supplies throughout Uganda is just 67%. Many communities rely on contaminated water sources such as streams and open wells. More than half of all residents in Uganda do not have access to improved sanitation, sharing overcrowded pit latrines or practicing open defecation. In unplanned urban settlements, ... continue reading.
Haiti is a water-stressed country. Half of the people in Haiti lack access to clean water and only one in five have access to a sanitary toilet. Virtually no water treatment facilities are properly functioning in the country. Soil erosion and deforestation have also contributed to diminished water quality. Moreover, ... continue reading.
In developing countries, women walk miles to fetch water for their families, carrying heavy burdens, waiting for hours and paying exorbitant prices. Often the water is contaminated, even deadly. The water crisis locks women in a cycle of poverty. They cannot attend school; they cannot earn an income. With the ... continue reading.
Water is a prerequisite for all human and economic development. Yet nearly one billion people lack access to clean water. Today’s water crisis is not an issue of scarcity, but of access. More than 3.5 million people die each year from water-related disease; 84 percent are children. Millions of women ... continue reading.