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Water and Sanitation

These Brilliant Innovations Are Bringing Clean Water To People Worldwide

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact

A little thinking outside the box can go a long way in helping bring clean H2O to those who need it most. About 89 percent of the globe had access...

We're Making Real Health Progress That's Saving Kids' Lives. Here's Proof In One Chart

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact

The world has made significant progress in ensuring more kids live to see adulthood -- just check out the blue bars. Child mortality has gone down ...

Senegalese Women Turn Once-Devastating Floodwaters Into Gardens

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.12.2015 | Impact

Emilie Faye is no stranger to flooding. The walls in her home are discolored from rainwater and past floods in her community, a suburb of Dakar, Seneg...

Celebrate Women: Don't WASH Away Their Rights

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
Sanjay Wijesekera

The truth is: inadequate access to water, sanitation and hygiene is a violation of fundamental human rights. If women realize these rights, it will make not just the 8th of March but every single day a day where women and girls can stand proud, and reach their fullest potential.

Delivering Programs To Answer International Women's Day Call To 'Make It Happen'

Lisa Marie Nickerson | Posted 03.06.2015 | Impact
Lisa Marie Nickerson

In order to build a better world, it's important to ensure that women are visible agents of change.

Invest to Save Lives and Build Sustainable Communities

Lindsay Coates | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Lindsay Coates

To prevent future crises and help build resilient communities, it is necessary for the U.S. to continue investments in programs that help the world's poor and vulnerable populations obtain access to health care, clean water, nutritious food, and basic education, as well as promote economic growth and democracy and human rights.

The Road to Health Goes Through the Toilet

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Sanjay Wijesekera

In many countries, open defecation is a hidden problem. Hidden among the poor, in rural areas, or remote villages. But it should not be hidden away from public discourse.

Providing Toilets And Clean Water Access Is All Talk And No Action In Some Poor Areas

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact

There have been significant improvements worldwide in terms of making basic water and sanitation access available, a new report found on World Toilet ...

The Rich Earn This Much Money While Going Number 2. Here's Why We All Should Give A Crap

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact

Bill Gates makes $249,435 every time he goes No. 2. Well, that's according to the team at Rehab Studio. In order to raise awareness about the impor...

Matt Damon Does Ice Bucket Challenge With Toilet Water For 800 Million Without Clean H2O

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact

Matt Damon was conflicted when friends Jimmy Kimmel and Ben Affleck called on him to complete the ALS ice bucket challenge. The award-winning actor wa...

4 Reasons the Detroit Water Shut-Offs Matter

Lisa Schechtman | Posted 09.05.2014 | Detroit
Lisa Schechtman

Last month, the City of Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department began to shut off water service for around 3,000 customers a week, people who have fallen behind on payments by more than $150 or 60 days.

14 Ways To Make Sanitation Sustainable

Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact

What has more impact, new technology or behavioural change? Is there such a thing as a scalable solution that is also sensitive to cultural needs? Our...

Water and Education Equals Freedom for Young Girls

Vivian Onano | Posted 05.27.2014 | Impact
Vivian Onano

Time is running out for dialogue, and it is time for non-profits, governments and the private sector to chime in and take practical steps towards girls' education.

How to Make Sanitation Sexy

Sherina Munyana | Posted 05.19.2014 | Impact
Sherina Munyana

An estimated 2.5 billion people around the world lack access to working sanitation facilities and the statistics continue to soar every day. The knee-jerk reaction by humanitarian organizations has been to build free toilets for households and communities, and while this may offer some reprieve, it's a little like trying to drain the ocean with a teaspoon.

World Toilet Day: Governments, Civil Society And Business Must Work Together to Tackle Sanitation For Women's Health

Jean-Laurent Ingles | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Jean-Laurent Ingles

Sanitation and hygiene are motors which drive health, social and economic development around the world. An environment that lacks sanitation and clean water is an environment where achieving other development goals is an impossible dream.

Living on Four Liters of Water

Mark Dearn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mark Dearn

Four liters of water. It sounds a fair amount. So just how challenging can it to be to survive on this amount for a day? It's a challenge almost 1 billion face on a daily basis -- with no choice in the matter.

The Surprising Answer to Haiti's Sanitation Needs

Auren Kaplan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Auren Kaplan

Haiti has been a microcosm for all that could go wrong in the advancement of human potential. Before the country was ravaged by an earthquake, it was ravaged by a nonexistent educational system and no sanitation system whatsoever.

Cookie Monster: The Ultimate Impatient Optimist

Impatient Optimists | Posted 06.17.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

Today, 2.5 billion people don't have access to toilets. Investing in sanitation leads to healthier people and stronger communities. The Bill & Mel...

Sparks of Innovation Help to Battle the Water and Sanitation Crisis

David Winder | Posted 05.15.2013 | Impact
David Winder

Although small, new innovative water and sanitation projects are inspiring. In the face of adversity, communities are showing that a little creativity and the determined will to work hard to control their own destiny.

Female Entrepreneurs Get Sh*t Done

Lindsay Stradley | Posted 10.12.2012 | Business
Lindsay Stradley

The business not only created a corrupt life in which cops had to be bribed and her children often went hungry, but a dangerous one; some customers assume that since Agnes sold the liquor that she was also a prostitute.

Ghana -- the Gateway to Africa

David Weiss | Posted 06.26.2012 | World
David Weiss

The Ghanaian people are rightly optimistic about their future, and that optimism can be felt throughout all levels of the country and its communities. It is a country on the move and a place to watch in the future.

"Kony 2012": Why It Worked

John Travis | Posted 06.06.2012 | Impact
John Travis

"Kony 2012" and why people can only help if they know what is going onBy now you have all most likely seen the "Kony 2012" video and I'm guessing you ...

A Smart Investment

Jan Eliasson | Posted 01.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Jan Eliasson

Water and sanitation is a smart, lifesaving investment. It does not just save lives. It also offers an outstanding economic return to countries and people in Africa and Asia.

Liberia's Long Road: Emergency to Sustainable Development

Jan Eliasson | Posted 09.21.2011 | Healthy Living
Jan Eliasson

The water and sanitation situation is particularly critical. Three out of four people have no access to safe water, six out of seven are without access to toilets; diarrhea accounts for 19 percent of Liberia's high child mortality rates ...

Social Entrepreneurship With $600, 40 Men and Four Days

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alexia Parks

Nineteen-year-old social entrepreneur Bianca Griffith, who at the moment is taking time out from college to build a small six cottage eco-hotel along the west coast of Africa, in The Gambia.