The world today is so advanced, yet 785 million people in the world live without clean water. Access to clean water is a basic human right, and forms the basis of all our daily activities like drinking, washing, cooking and cleaning.
When communities don't have access to clean water, they spend hours walking every day to collect water for their families, and unfortunately even then, the water that they obtain is quite contaminated.
Problems for these communities are compounded by the fact that many of them don't have access to sanitary environments and basic toilet facilities.
Dirty water and unsanitary environments play a major role in keeping communities poor and prone to diseases.
Water & Sanitation
You Can Help Turn the Tide on the World's Water Problem
How Your Donation Helps
Statistics tell us that 1 in 10 people worldwide lives without clean water. This number is completely unacceptable given that water is one of the most important elements in ensuring communities live fulfilled and healthy lives.
At Good Neighbors Australia we believe that a
two-pronged approach is best suited to address
The first step involves building the infrastructure and physical resources like wells and toilets. The second, equally important step involves the spreading of awareness and education amongst the community members. It is known that when the community does not show any initiative in using or maintaining the infrastructure, it eventually breaks down. Additionally, the physical resources are only effective if coupled with good hygiene practices.
Your support can help us execute this approach in the many communities that need our help, and address the issues of water, sanitation and health.
Access to Safe Water
At Good Neighbors Australia, we emphasise on the importance of clean and safe water right from the moment a baby is born. We know from research that the first 1000 days of a child's life are the most important, and water, sanitation, nutrition and hygiene are all equally important.
As part of our initiatives, we work with community members and experts to build accessible, sustainable and affordable solutions for accessing clean water. We work to install and maintain wells, water taps, water pumps, water tanks, water filters and purification tablets.
We also organise local committees to ensure the
self-sustained operation and maintenance of the water facilities.
Access to safe water is literally life changing for the communities, as they can focus on more important activities than worrying about where to get water from - children can spend time in school and the adults can focus on jobs to earn a living.
Better Sanitation & Hygiene
A decent toilet and a sanitary environment is a basic right that provides people with dignity and protects them from diseases.
We help communities by providing good facilities and infrastructure, as well as hygiene training.
Clean and safe toilets at schools allow students to focus on their education instead of wasting time looking for toilets. Additionally, toilet facilities help girls to maintain menstrual hygiene, thereby ensuring that periods do not affect their school attendance.
Our Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project has provided support for hygiene education and awareness campaigns to help the community members acquire healthy and clean habits, like using soap while washing hands, and not using water from contaminated sources.
[Case Study] The Good Water Project (Zambia)
What is the value of 4 hours for you?
For children in the Sub-Saharan African countries, this is the amount of time they spend every single day to fetch water for their families. Time spent in looking for water is time away from school, play, and a proper childhood.
Watch this heart-warming video to see what children think they would do if they didn't have to fetch water every day.
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Good Neighbors Zambia took the initiative to address this crisis, and called it the Good Water Project. They constructed 9 drinking water facilities, 13 restrooms, and also conducted several hygiene education sessions.
The Good Water Project has had a really positive impact on the community, and it has allowed students to spend more time in school and nurture their dreams and interests.