700 MILLION PEOPLE LIVE WITHOUT CLEAN WATER
Dirty water kills more people than war.
THIS IS NOT THE WORLD WE WANT TO CREATE.
At HCI, we want to provide clean and safe water to those who need it most, providing opportunities for better education, health, and growth.
Water for Education.
Clean water keeps children in school.
FACT: 443 million school days are lost each year from water-related illness because many children are too busy fetching water from afar, caring for sick family members, or are too sick to attend school.
Water for Health.
Clean water prevents early death.
FACT: Drinking dirty water kills 1000 children a day through diarrhea, typhoid, cholera, dysentery and other water-borne illnesses.
Water for Growth.
Clean water reduces poverty.
FACT: Dirty water means people are too busy trying to survive, and too busy battling illness and thirst to help their communities prosper.
Afghanistan WASH Initiative
As of 2019, only 65% of Afghanis have access to safe drinking water and a mere 43% have access to safely managed sanitation services. This project in northeast Afghanistan will construct wells and latrines to provide underprivileged communities with access to clean and safe water and hygiene facilities
Project: 20 Tube Wells & 4 Latrines
Water for Life Project
Thar, Sindh is an area with more than 1.4 million people and an estimated 5 million heads of livestock. Due to the lack of water, only 47% of the population has access to drinking water. Of those who have access to water, 60% of households wait more than one hour for their turn to fetch drinking water from wells. The aim of this project is to address the water shortage in Thar by implementing deep-well piston community hand-pumps, each of which will serve a community of up to 300 people and 1,200 heads of livestock.
Project: 50 deep-well piston community hand-pumps
WASH for Women
In India, 20% of the diseases are water-related but only 33% of the Indian population has access to traditional sanitation. Women bear the burden of water collection which places a great physical strain on them. Women who lack access to private sanitation facilities are forced to engage in open defecation which is both psychologically taxing and dangerous as they lack the means to sanitize. This project aims to build open wells, tube wells, and latrines for women.
Project: 2 open well, 50 tube wells, and 20 latrines for women.
Arsenic Free Water Project
Despite progress on overall improved water coverage, access to safe water for all remains a challenge particularly due to arsenic contamination and salinity intrusion. Arsenic pollution is hazardous as it poisons the human body slowly leading to ulcers, cancers, and various other serious negative health outcomes. In Bangladesh, 1.5-2.5 million wells are estimated to be contaminated with arsenic; however, even with knowledge of the consequences of using arsenic-contaminated water, many are forced to use the contaminated water because they have no other option.
Project: 50 deep tube wells
Water Wells & Sanitation 2019 Program
As of 2015, the Joint Monitoring Program for Water Supply and Sanitation by WHO and UNICEF reports that only 75.9% of Burundi’s population has access to improved water sources such as piped water sources and wells. A lack of access to safe and clean WASH infrastructure threatens the lives of rural Burundians. This project aims to construct borehole wells and renovate previously constructed latrines to restore their functionality.
Project: 10 borehole well & renovation of 10 previously constructed latrines
Lowering the danger of thirst and poor sanitation in Afar Region, Ethiopia
Saha, a sub-district of northern Dubteworeda, is an area with a school, but student retention is a challenge as they must migrate with their families when the rainy seasons fail and the pastures dry out. Girls hardly attend school as it is the females who collect water from the described distance of 10 hours walk and health workers report the most recurring sickness in the community is diarrhea because the limited water is not used for washing, and children tend to defecate openly. This project aims to address the WASH needs of 326 vulnerable pastoral households in Buuri Settlement, an area that does not have its own source of water.
Project: 1 well, 6 latrines (3 female and 3 male)
Eritrea Health Schools, Healthy Communities Project
While 58% of Eritrea’s population accesses water from protected sources, many communities still rely on unsafe sources of water. This project located in Ghala Nefhi Sub Zoba and Dubarwa Sub Zoba, Eritrea will construct one borehole well at Saharti School and two 6-spot latrine blocks at Ksad Dalwo School. The WASH infrastructure will be paired with training for students. The beneficiaries of this project will be the school students, staff, and community members.
Project: 1 borehole well & 2 6-spot latrine blocks
WASH for Health: Garissa County Project
As of 2019, 59% of Kenyans have access to basic water services and only 29% have access to toilets. The water crisis has affected the lives of millions as contaminated water due to a lack of adequate WASH infrastructure impacts the health and livelihood of Kenyans. This project aims to address the gap in WASH infrastructure.
Project: 10 wells with handpumps & 8 household latrines in 10 different communities.
WASH Improvement Projects in Ghana
In Ghana, an estimated 5 million rely on surface water to meet their daily water needs and 6 million do not have access to clean water. In towns and cities, only one in five people have a decent toilet and 81% of Ghanaians, about 23 million people, lack access to improved sanitation or are entirely without toilet facilities. This means that millions of Ghanians are vulnerable to water-related illnesses and diseases. In fact, almost 1,000 children under 5 die each year from diarrhea caused by dirty water and poor toilets.
Project: 2 borehole wells, 1 artesian well & 1 10 stall latrine
Solar Power for Sustainable Water in Abudwak, Galgaduud Region of Somalia
WASH infrastructure development is an expensive endeavor where large costs are incurred for the drilling of the borehole, the procurement of diesel generators, electric water pumps, the generator house and the elevated water tank. In Somalia where only 45% of the population have access to improved water sources, there is a need, particularly in rural villages, for sustainable and innovative improvements to existing WASH infrastructure to mitigate the high cost of fuel needed to operate existing borehole wells. The aim of this project in Abudwak, Galgadud region, Somalia is to install solar panels on existing wells in in order to replace diesel generators with solar technology.
Project: implementation of solar technology and staff training on 2 existing wells
HCI is on the ground in the most drought-stricken, dry areas of the world, digging wells down to pure, clean water for communities. To date, we’ve been able to bring clean and safe water to nearly 200 communities.
There are still 1 in 10 people on our planet that do not have access to clean and safe drinking water. HCI’s goal is to give access to 1 million people.
A one time donation of $120 helps 40 people.