STORIES FROM THE FIELD
Facilitating Sustainable WASH Access in Uganda
In 2018, we launched a multi-year program in the Tororo District of eastern Uganda designed to bring locally-sustainable access to water, sanitation, and hygiene to the community of Merikit, where over 20,000 people had to walk miles to fetch water and had no toilets or handwashing stations in the community. We trained local leaders to build a solar-powered well and 40,000-gallon storage tank, then install piping to reach a dozen water taps placed strategically throughout the community. We then helped them build handwashing stations (which include locally-made soap) and toilets at all six community schools, the sole community clinic, and the community center, so that all community members could access them. Finally, we trained the leaders to implement weekly WASH classes in all schools and the clinic, designed to instill proper WASH practices throughout the community. Several years on, the well still operates continuously, and the toilets, taps, and handwashing stations are constantly maintained. The community has achieved a sustained 67% decrease in diarrhea cases, a 50% increase in school attendance, and rising incomes for the entire community.
Through our ongoing strategic partnerships with organizations like UNHCR (the UN refugee agency), Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD), GlobalMedic, and others, we provide ongoing, rapid deployments of WASH supplies to refugee camps around the world, ensuring they have the items they need to prevent the spread of disease. We then teach ongoing WASH lessons to children and adults throughout the camps to ensure they have the knowledge necessary to maintain good health.
In 2020, we served over one million individuals in camps in some of the most urgent humanitarian crisis zones, including:
- South Sudan
Emergency Relief in the Bahamas
In the 2019 hurricane season, the Bahamas were struck by Hurricane Dennis, a devastating storm that displaced many from their homes.
Working to provide fast, emergency relief support, Clean the World Foundation distributed over 150,000 WASH supplies alongside our strategic partner, Salvation Army of the Bahamas, ensuring those who were most impacted by the devastation had the essential items they needed to stay healthy until the local sources were once again up and running.
Serving the Homeless in the United States
Through our two US-focused programs, mobile showers and WASH stations, we’re able to ensure people experiencing homelessness throughout the United States have access to the resources they need to stay healthy and, ultimately, get back on their feet.
Our mobile showers programming provides not just access to showers and private bathrooms, but also supportive services like referrals to treatment, job placement, and housing assistance.
Our WASH stations projects provide 24/7 access to porta-potties and handwashing stations for homeless encampments in some of the most vulnerable communities. At the same time, our staff provide referrals to additional services to connect individuals to the broader supportive services network.
While both programs meet the immediate WASH needs of people experiencing homelessness, helping them maintain good health, they ultimately ensure individuals can move into homes of their own and on to a life of self sufficiency.