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Water and Sanitation

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.

Matt Damon's Commitment to Bill Clinton

Katherine Gustafson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Katherine Gustafson

As good as his movies are and as dazzling as his hundred-watt smile is, the best thing about Matt Damon is that he just announced that his non-profit, Water.org, will provide clean water to 50,000 people in Haiti.

A Forgotten Glass Ceiling: A Safe Drink of Water

John Sauer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Sauer

If people joined together to support water and sanitation projects they could immediately help woman shatter the most basic of glass ceilings -- access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

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.