the average life expectancy in Sierra Leone is approximately 40 years - one of the lowest in the world
EWB-DK’s projects for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) ensure access to clean water and appropriate sanitation conditions for the World’s poorest people. EWB sees access to water as a human right and the improvement of the health as a basic necessity and first step in bettering the life quality.
The fight against water and sanitation related illness is central to the themes of EWB-DK’s WASH projects. EWB-DK ensures, in this context, that education programs and heath committees are established in order to disseminate knowledge about the importance of good hygiene practices among communities. Through the establishment of water wells and latrines as well as education in the maintenance of these systems and good hygiene practices, EWB-DK’s projects achieve a strong positive influence on general health and the living standards in small local communities.
This thematic network for WASH is based on an in depth technical knowledge and expertise from within EWB-DK’s volunteer group. In an effort to improve health and the general living standards for the world’s poorest, EWB-DK’s experienced, student and newly graduated volunteers undertake idea generating and technical collaboration with the effect of developing innovative and sustainable solutions within the WASH concern.
EWB-DK’s competencies and activities within WASH
Partners and Practice
EWB-DK works with professional partners, regional and local authorities, local communities and populations, and other NGOs. EWB-DK supports professional partners with technical assessment, capacity building, technical design, and education, as well as regular coordination, reporting and follow up visits.
EWB-DK supports the local partner with technical expertise where local knowledge is not sufficient and where the local partner can further develop their facilities, organisational capacity and secure an income for their communities.
Water is a basic condition for all life on earth, and therefore a prerequisite for sustainable development. A very large amount of people living in poverty do not have access to clean water and basic sanitation. Read more
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