What is World Water Day?

World Water Day is observed on Tuesday 22nd March 2016. The day aims to raise awareness for water related issues and inspire people to take action and make a difference. 

Why water is and important part of our workChildren collecting water from pump in Bangladesh

We work hard in all of our projects to lift those affected by disease out of poverty. That would not be possible if there wasn’t access to clean water and if basic hygiene practices weren’t in place.

A lack of knowledge about good hygiene practices and sanitation, together with an absence of the means to stay clean can lead to infections and secondary disabilities in people affected by leprosy.  By educating people on clean water, good hygiene and how to clean any body parts affected by LF or leprosy we’ve been able to reduce the likelihood of infection. That’s why we’re highlighting some of the important work we do when it comes to water on World Water Day as without it our work in reducing poverty and disease would be hindered.

Often our projects are based in some remote locations and those living there may not have learnt about water safety and hygiene. That’s why we continue to run WASH projects educating children, women and men on how best to keep their water clean as well as themselves.

So far these small changes have had a big impact – that’s the wonder of water!

We wash up well

Through our Community Action Health and Hygiene project in Bogra, Bangladesh we’ve made a real difference to peoples’ lives when it comes to water practices and it’s all down to your support.

What did we doWater pump in Bangladesh

To encourage safer water practices there were a few things we did across the district to help make a difference.

  • Constructed latrines
  • Constructed safe drinking water facilities
  • Provided healthcare education focussing on the correct use of water, sanitation and hygiene in general
  • Launched a campaign to promote better sanitation among communities

What difference have we made?

All of this work over the past year has made a significant difference to those in the Bogra region. As a result of the project we’ve been able to make a real impact in the area.

  • The number of households reporting the use of 'safe drinking water' has doubled from 34% to 57%
  • The time people spend fetching water every day has reduced from an average of 30 minutes to 5
  • Half the amount of people using an open pot without a lid for their water increased to 48% from 26% which means the risk of water contamination is significantly reduced
  • The amount of people practice of 'hand-washing prior to cooking', 'hand-washing after the use of toilet' has quadrupled 'hand-washing after handling waste'

All of this means we’ve enabled two thirds of people involved in the project to take better care of their pre-existing health condition. We’ve had a direct impact on the health of half of people we work with all through safer water practices. That’s why we love water!

Find out how you can get involved and share the summary of our work in our easy to read infographic here