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Water and Sanitation

Sometimes, It Just Can't Wait - World Toilet Day

John Travis | Posted 11.21.2015 | Impact
John Travis

Toilets are one of the first steps towards better health and brighter futures. For us at DROP, water, sanitation, gender equality and education go hand in hand and we believe that this four pronged approach is the most effective way to reduce poverty in rural communities. It's never too late to change where we go!

Did You Know the UN has a "World Toilet Day?"

Radouan Torkmani | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Radouan Torkmani

Funding for sanitation has been extremely low in comparison to water and almost negligible in comparison to funding received by development sectors such as health and education. For these reasons, the United Nations created the "World Toilet Day" on Thursday 19th November 2015 to raise awareness and incite us to take actions.

Women and Toilets. A Tale of Two Worlds.

Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS | Posted 11.17.2015 | Women
Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS

The indignity of a missing or dysfunctional toilet has health and personal safety consequences for girls and women, especially during their periods.

Building Blocks to Provide Basic Services in Haiti: Targeting, Partnerships and Flexibility

FOMIN | Posted 11.16.2015 | Impact

It is widely accepted that access to basic services is a key aspect of improving the lives of individuals at the base of the economic pyramid in any country. Unfortunately, basic services in Haiti are an outlier in two respects when compared with the rest of the Americas.

284 Communities at the Epicenter of the Ebola Outbreak Remained Ebola-Free - How Did That Happen? What Can We Learn from Them?

David Weiss | Posted 09.22.2015 | World
David Weiss

In the aftermath of the Ebola crisis, it is essential to improve hospital access and clinical infrastructure.

Confrontations With Caste

Anoop Jain | Posted 08.04.2015 | Impact
Anoop Jain

Confrontations with the issue of caste are unavoidable in rural India. This insidious social hierarchy has oppressed millions of Indians for hundreds of years. Brahmins, those traditionally considered priests and preachers sit atop this foul social order.

Clean Water Is Everyone's Problem

XPRIZE | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact

Diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation and hand hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year worldwide, and is of the second leading cause of death for children under age five.

Can We Finance Sustainable Development?

Chris W. Williams | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Chris W. Williams

As more countries have attained middle-income status, inequality has soared. The wealthiest individuals have become wealthier while growth-with-equity remains a distant prospect.

Land for Toilets

Anoop Jain | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Anoop Jain

As we began making preparations for our next facility, my team and I decided that we would try to acquire government land. This would appease donors, and our bank account. More importantly, the process would require community participation.

Zambia Hits Major Milestone In Push To Stop Open Defecation

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact

Zambia just took one big step forward toward becoming an "open-defecation-free" country. According to the Southern African nation's government, no...

These Brilliant Innovations Are Bringing Clean Water To People Worldwide

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.17.2015 | 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 05.07.2015 | 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 05.06.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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.