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Pride In Ownership

Members of the water committee in Habeshemba, Ethiopia, check the repair toolkit for their community well. The very small monthly fees that users pay covered the cost of these tools, which are a kind of insurance against the well breaking down. Committee members are able to make the repairs themselves ... More »

Reaping the benefits of a composting toilet

Composting toilets are a win in rural India. Improved sanitation means better health for the owners and their neighbors. After the pit has been used for about a year and is getting full, they seal the pit for 6-9 months to allow heat and decomposition to kill off harmful bacteria. ... More »

Celebrating Water Day

In many countries, women are responsible for finding and collecting water for their families. They walk miles, carry heavy containers, wait for hours and pay exorbitant prices. The work is back-breaking and all-consuming. Often the water is contaminated, even deadly.

In honor of Water Day 2014 Water.org celebrates what ... More »

Doubling our impact with microfinance

Building on the success of WaterCredit, Water.org co-founders Gary White and Matt Damon talk about empowering the poor through microfinance loans, and a strategy for doubling the pace at which these loans can be made, in this recent CNBC The Edge clip.

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Solutions in Kenya

More than 28 million people do not have access to proper sanitation in Kenya. However if given the opportunity, families can make an affordable investment in a solution like this; unlocking the potential for dignity, health and economic growth.

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Changing Lives Through Masonry

Kathirvel is 65 years old and a retired mason. Although he is retired, he now uses his expertise in masonry to work constructing toilets for families who have taken out loans through Water.org's WaterCredit program. He has built 200 toilets in the last year. He is training other masons to ... More »

Water + Toilets = Opportunity

In rural parts of Assam, women are skilled at weaving cotton garments such as shawls, dresses and hand towels. Most of them weave on a small scale during their free time. With access to water and sanitation facilities in their households, more and more women are coming forward and taking ... More »

A Well Inauguration

The people of Pot 15 applaud with the joy for the well [that they now have] after three months of training to ensure that the well has a future. For several years residents had to go to neighboring communities for a drop of water. During the [well] inauguration ceremony one ... More »

The Joy of Learning

“After we adopted awareness-building measures, children have started practicing healthy habits in school. They fill the water filters themselves and encourage fellow students to drink only the filtered water. I have also noticed a reduction in the rate of absenteeism.”- Mrs. Zarina Begum, Principal, Lower Primary School, Bokakhat, Assam

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Spring Catchment in Haiti

A spring is water that reaches the surface from an underground supply, appearing as small water holes or wet spots on hillsides or along river banks. In order to "catch" the water for use, the spring must be capped, allowing the water to pool up into the cement block. In ... More »

Learning Through Plays

Children and adults learn about good hygiene practices through a series of street plays, including hand washing and the importance of using a toilet instead of practicing open defecation. They also learn about the connection between water-related illnesses and prevention.

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Live from Davos

April Rinne, Director of WaterCredit, speaks with The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore live from The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Watch the full interview here.

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