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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.