World Vision WASH projects help protect children and families

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) has been an important global strategy for World Vision for a number of years. These WASH projects provide access to clean water, sanitation facilities like latrines, and education on healthy hygiene behaviors. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic, these WASH projects are more important than ever.

But, what do these WASH projects look like on the ground? In this discussion with Michael Messenger, President of World Vision Canada, Dr. Greg Allgood, VP of Water with World Vision US, talks about the importance of World Vision’s Water projects during COVID-19.

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How WASH helps protect children around the world

The FreddyLink “Water is Life” fund-raiser is raising funds to help provide safe and accessible water, construct water stations & latrines and rehabilitate wells to create real and lasting change for Haitian families. But did you know that this fund-raiser is part of the global WASH strategy of World Vision?

World Vision believes that sustainable well-being is impossible without sustainable, equitable access to clean water, dignified sanitation and appropriate hygiene behaviours. World Vision, therefore, has a bold strategy for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to reach every child in all World Vision programming areas by 2030. This strategy encompasses not only sustainable clean water access, dignified sanitation, and healthy hygiene behaviours, but extends to broader water considerations including environmental impact and sustainability. WASH is also only one piece of the development puzzle. Without integration with other sectors – including education, maternal and child health, nutrition, livelihoods, and more – the impact of WASH programs will have a limited effect. (Source)

The WASH strategy has become all the more important in light of the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, access to clean water, sanitation, and healthy hygiene represents an important part of the first line of defense against COVID-19.

We at FreddyLink are proud to be a part of this global WASH effort, and we hope you will join us as we help protect some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

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Celebrating Christmas in Haiti

Christmas is such a special time in Haiti! In rural areas, families cut pine trees from the mountains and decorate them with bright ornaments. In towns and cities, people get Christmas trees at the market and create nativity scenes at their base. On Christmas Eve, children put straw in their shoes and leave them at the door or under the tree. They hope that Tonton Nwèl (Santa Claus) will remove the straw and put presents in and around their shoes.

Youth laughing in a school in Haiti, which was rebuilt by World Vision and a local partner. Photo: Guy Vital-Herne


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Why focus on clean water?

Did you know that nearly 1,000 children under age 5 die every day from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and unsafe hygiene. But we believe the global water and sanitation crisis can be solved within our lifetimes. That’s why World Vision is focused on providing clean water and sanitation to every person in every community we work in, including the most vulnerable populations in the hardest-to-reach places. This work is more important now than ever, since clean water is essential for handwashing and disinfection to prevent the spread of diseases like COVID-19.

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