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IAS Clean Water Alliance Projects

Providing the world’s population with clean and safe drinking water represents the largest global challenge of the 21st century. According to the World Health Organization, almost 5,000 people die each day from waterborne illnesses; 90% are children under the age of five. Over 1.1 billion people worldwide (20% of the world’s population) must walk more than one kilometer to find water that is often unsafe to drink. Poor water and sanitation leads to illness, keeping children from school and parents from work. Providing access to improved water and sanitation are generally the first steps toward sustainable communities and the end to poverty and illiteracy.

IAS Clean Water Alliance – South Sudan Projects

In South Sudan the majority of the population has limited access to safe drinking water. The extremely high number of IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) tremendously compounds this problem. Many of these IDPs seek refuge with their relatives within a particular region or locate themselves on the outskirts of larger towns.  This results in an increased demand on the existing WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) infrastructure.  Consequently, ever-growing IDP communities are using surface and rain water for drinking and practicing open defecation. When the rains subside, water becomes scarce and conflict over the available water resources often occurs. Women and children become the main victims in these situations. Burdened by the need to carry water containers long distances every day, they must also endure the indignity, shame, and sickness that result from lack of hygienic sanitation. Additionally, school is not feasible for many of these children because of the necessity to help the family procure water.

Through safe and adequate water, people are less vulnerable to water-related diseases as well as drought and food insecurity due to seasonal dry spells.  When clean, safe and adequate water is present, residents are more likely to be able to participate in society to a larger extent than before.  This creates great opportunity, especially for women and children. Now, instead of spending their days in search of water, they can invest their time in other ways, such as working to assist in income expansion for their families. Many women also experience for the first time the joy of being able to send a child to school who has bathed and has clean clothes.  Also, by placing water wells at schools, more young girls are being allowed to attend school as they can return home in the evening with water for the family.

 

 

 

IAS Clean Water Projects

  1. Bio Sand Filter
  2. Clean Water Well
  3. Pit Latrines
  4. Mini Water Yard
  5. Well Rehab
  6. Animal Troughs