Tag WASH

Rainwater Tank Adds to a Village’s Clean Water Supply

July 13, 2020 – A lack of reliable drinking water has been a chronic problem for many years in Myanmar’s Wai Dauk village. In this village five hours southeast of Myanmar’s commercial capital, Yangon, 60 families source drinking water from two 60-square-foot ponds. The ponds are not reliable year-round, though. First, evaporation leads to shortages […]

Household latrines help families in Balongga, Indonesia stay healthy during COVID-19

A September 2018 earthquake in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, destroyed or badly damaged most houses in Balongga village. There, and elsewhere, countless people became homeless. Today, 20 months since the disaster, many families still live in so-called temporary (T) shelters. These were built with international support in the disaster’s immediate wake. They are called temporary. But, […]

Past Learning About Frequent Handwashing Helps Families Avoid COVID-19 Harm

By Indarwati Palembangan, our Senior Project Officer in Tana Toraja. State Primary School 177 is in Se’seng village in the Tana Toraja district of Sulawesi island in Indonesia. The village lies in a mountainous area prone to landslides. So, back in 2015, schools and community leaders joined teachers, students and parents to join a Safe […]

CWS Cambodia Team and Partners Help Communities Prepare for COVID-19 Coping

In the COVID-19 pandemic, Cambodia, like all countries, continues battling many social and economic problems. These are in addition to public health issues, including the ones now presented by the coronavirus. Of course, the new rules put in place to try to contain the virus are necessary. They will prevent further harmful health impacts. This […]

Women Lead Community Mobilization for Vietnam’s New IDEA Initiative

In Vietnam, as CWS and our partners build on the past 5 years’ successes from the Newly Integrated Development and Essential Action (New IDEA) initiative, women are leading more than ever to expand reach and results. A growing role for Women’s Union members, alongside newly energized Youth Union members, is for awareness-raising and community mobilization. […]

Never Stop Learning

The women of Sikara Tobata village recently formed the Healthy Orchid Care group to raise awareness about community and family health issues. Recently, the women came together to learn about the five pillars of Community-Based Total Sanitation, a participatory process by which people come together assess the sanitation and hygiene in their community. The process […]

Knowing More, Hoping for More and Making Changes for the Better

Ercy is a 33-year-old mother of three young children who, along with her husband, struggles with daily life. Sadly, in their West Timor, Indonesia village they are not unique in this regard. So, this is a key reason CWS is working with Ercy and many others in the Timor Zero Hunger initiative. Timor Zero Hunger […]

When Water Is a Luxury

Having clean water, proper sanitation and good hygiene are essential to everyone’s health. In the United States, these things are generally taken for granted. But, access to safe water, proper sanitation and the chance to have good hygiene are difficult in much of the world, especially during an emergency. Selvina, a 50-year-old mother of four, […]

Cambodian Families Attain Their Right to Water!

Boeung Snul village in western Cambodia is home to 244 families. Among other difficulties, these poor families struggle to access water, especially during the dry season. At great cost, which most people cannot afford, people buy bottled water to use sparingly in the driest months. To help people address this challenge, which is pervasive in […]

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