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Habitat’s WASH successes

Case studies on the impact of our WASH work

More than 2 billion people worldwide live in communities and housing that don’t have reliable access to water, sanitation and hygiene, called WASH. To help alleviate this critical issue, Habitat partners with communities in over 30 countries to implement our integrated WASH and housing strategy.

Our work takes us from rural areas to informal settlements in urban areas across Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

We have helped thousands of people obtain access to safe and reliable water and adequate sanitation, improving personal and home hygiene. Our community-based approach to help families generate income and build sustainable livelihoods sets Habitat apart from traditional WASH programs. Habitat’s microfinance products make it affordable for low-income households to add or improve access to WASH inside their homes, creating healthier living conditions for the household and safer conditions for girls and women.

In keeping with the Joint Monitoring Program indicators from the UNICEF and WHO, all our initiatives conclude with monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning.

Through our integrated, inclusive and innovative approach to WASH, Habitat continues to serve those critically in need of safe, healthy housing. See just a few of the successes we’ve celebrated through our WASH strategy in the case studies below.

Where we implement WASH work

Map with countries in which we work highlighted in blue. Africa Region: Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia, Malawi, Zambia, Lesotho, South Africa, Tanzania The Middle East: Egypt, Jordan AP Region: Philippines, India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Nepal, Fiji, Bangladesh LAC Region: Mexico, Brazil, Haiti, Bolivia, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Argentina.

Our successes

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Empowering women and girls to become WASH leaders

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Preventing waterborne illnesses in 19 low-income communities

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Building a reliable source of water for 36,000 residents in a drought-prone district

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WASH for millions of refugees and water conservation training in country with water scarcity

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NGO and public coalition to build a water system equipped with solar-powered pumps

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Reducing open defecation and protecting women and girls

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Hygiene awareness campaigns

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Saving 1.2 million liters of drinkable water in semiarid region

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Maanzi Project eases burden on women and girls while saving lives

Habitat and WASH

Access to safe and reliable water, sanitation and hygiene — called WASH — is an integral component of adequate housing. By connecting communities with our solutions, we help advance health outcomes, environmental conservation, women’s empowerment, economic growth and education.

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Habitat's WASH strategy: Stories of impact

Through our comprehensive, community-led WASH strategies, Habitat has helped thousands of families improve their lives and livelihoods. See the impact of our work in just a few of the lives and communities we’ve touched.

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