Project Focus

IDRF Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programs provide access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation facilities (such as washrooms and hand washing stations), and hygiene education for women, men, and children to keep families healthy and break the cycle of poverty.

How do we do it?

Our Impact

Provided ongoing safe drinking water to nearly 20,000 Gaza children since 2013.

Distributed 870 household water filter systems post-2015 Nepal Earthquake

Installed 287 hand pumps in Pakistan, supplying 13,300+ people with clean water.

Constructed 2 community water points in Tanzania, serving 12,000 people.

Why support IDRF's WASH programs?

750 million people in the world don’t have access to safe water and 2.5 billion people don’t have access to adequate sanitation. Tragically, every minute a child dies of water-related diseases, and over 500,000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.

Water is essential for survival, and for peace. Water shortages lead to reduced food production, mass displacement, undermined livelihoods, and dire public health outcomes – all of which can lead to conflict. Working with whole communities on comprehensive solutions is critical. So too is using technology and innovation to bring water where it is needed most.

In many communities, women and girls are most affected by water scarcity. Women and children spend an estimated 140 Million hours each day collecting water, often from distant, unsafe sources to provide for their families. When women do not have a safe place for sanitary practices, they risk increased violence, increased health risks, and diminished abilities to participate in school and public life. IDRF WASH programs consider the unique needs of all members of the community, and make access and education key components of our programs.

Donate to IDRF's WASH programs

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