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Water Sanitation

A call for more entrepreneurs to focus on toilets

Neil Jeffery | Posted 11.30.2016 | Business
Neil Jeffery

Entrepreneurs are everywhere these days, not just in the purely for-profit world but also those looking to create social, as well as financial, gain. ...

Revamping the world's education system one toilet at a time

Jo Anne Lyon | Posted 03.11.2016 | Religion
Jo Anne Lyon

When I was in the 5th grade, my parents and I moved to western Oklahoma. We lived in a little town of about 50, where children piled into their parent...

Kids Matter: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 12.22.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

January 1, 2016 marks the three year anniversary of the day I began making a micro grant, every single day of the year, to social changemakers around ...

Clean Water Is Everyone's Problem

XPRIZE | Posted 07.29.2016 | 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.

Reacting Is Not Enough -- Ebola Crisis Demands International Collaboration in Prevention

David Weiss | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
David Weiss

We all hope that soon the prevention efforts will get Ebola under control. But it should be a wake-up call that it is not enough to react after an event.

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.

USAID Invests in Open-Source Mobile Tech for Water Sanitation Monitoring

Amanda Sperber | Posted 10.22.2013 | Impact
Amanda Sperber

USAID just announced its investment in mWater, a non-profit tech startup, whose phone app can instantly test and analyze water quality from local sources and share this information on their global, open-source water monitoring database.

In God's Hammock: Cuisine and Water Filters in the Dominican Republic

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 05.27.2013 | Taste
Fabio Parasecoli

Many consider ongoing change as fundamental for economic success, but what happens when innovation is hard to envision, let alone implement? And what if innovation needs to overcome deeply rooted social and economic divides?

How Water Shortages Affect Women, Kids, Hunger

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois & Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 03.22.2013 | Impact

The global water crisis isn't just about simple supply and demand -- it's an issue related to women's rights, global development and preventable death...

Everyone Needs a Place to Go

Jan Eliasson | Posted 05.21.2013 | Impact
Jan Eliasson

It is difficult to understand why, in 2013, about 2.5 billion people around the world still lack access to adequate sanitation. More people have cell phones than toilets in today's world.

Striving for Sustainability in Rural Tanzania

David Winder | Posted 01.13.2013 | Impact
David Winder

Whether it be rope pumps or rainwater harvesting systems or sand dams, technological solutions must be paired with education and investment by local community members in order for projects to be sustainable.

Urban Water and Sanitation Solutions

David Winder | Posted 10.15.2012 | Impact
David Winder

In Mozambique, diarrhea is one of the leading causes of child deaths and 44% of children under five are undernourished. Increased investment in providing access to safe water and improved sanitation dramatically impacts child survival.

BPA In Your Garden? Maybe, If You Use These Gardening Products

Organic | Posted 07.25.2012 | Green

Wouldn't it just irk you more than a bunch of weeds to find out that the gardening products you use are dirtying up your organic garden with BPA, phthalates and lead?

Water and Sanitation for the World: Not a Pipe Dream

Jan Eliasson | Posted 05.29.2012 | Impact
Jan Eliasson

Unfortunately, 783 million people -- 11 percent of the global population -- still have no access to clean water. For context, that is more than two and a half times the population of the United States.

Why Do Girls Drop Out Of School? It's All About What Happens In The Girls' Room

Susan Davis | Posted 05.07.2012 | Women
Susan Davis

More people in the world now have a mobile phone than have a toilet. As we celebrate International Women's Day on March eighth, let's not forget that girls and women suffer the most from lack of sanitation.

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.

Benefiting Low Income Communities Through Design

Jean Lin | Posted 06.13.2011 | Arts
Jean Lin

Multi-discipline design and innovation firm IDEO has announced the fall launch of a new nonprofit arm, In a move to bring human-centered des...

"Lack of Water Makes People Poor"

John Sauer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John Sauer

The dire fact is that 1.2 billion people have to crap in the open, polluting drinking water and causing diarrheal-disease while suffering the insecurity and indignity of open defecation.

Water Crisis: Lack Of Proper Sanitation Choking World (VIDEO)

Yahoo Video | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

One in four girls does not complete primary school -- compared to one in seven boys -- and the lack of proper sanitation is partially to blame. ITT an...