Safe Water & Sanitation
Across our programme 31,447 people benefited from safe water and improved sanitation.
- In Bangladesh 12 toilets and 12 tubewells were installed in rural villages to improve sanitation and access to safe water. 12 SONO filters were distributed to rural households to remove naturally occurring arsenic from drinking water.
- and 3 ring wells have been sunk to provide safe drinking water to rural villages in Chuadanga and Meherpur.
- In Cambodia 200 water filters were provided to 15 schools, 2 health centres and 152 families from 3 different provinces; Kandal, Kampong Chhnang and Banteay Meanchey.
- In Kenya 7 boreholes were drilled improving hygiene and enabling the planting of trees and vegetables.
- In Zanzibar 14 water tanks were installed in communities and schools, improving sanitation and increasing access to safe, clean water.
In the absence of clean water and sanitation, disease and poverty have a stronghold. We are proud to report on another successful year of working with communities to put in place these fundamental building blocks of life, health and development.
In many of the countries where we work, the installation of tubewells and boreholes brings safe water into poor communities. This cuts the long distances women and children are forced to walk to collect water and ensures the safety of water used. It can be used for drinking, cooking, washing and also for watering the kitchen gardens we help families to establish to improve nutrition.
In Zanzibar, water tanks are being installed within villages. These act as reservoirs for water pumped from underground and enable easy access to clean water on their doorsteps.
In mountainous and remote areas of Nepal, IMPACT is focusing on bringing water to whole villages. Through gravity-fed water systems, IMPACT is providing safe water to communities that had previously had to rely on stream water and had little sanitation.
In Bangladesh, 97% of the population rely on ground water but estimates suggest almost two-thirds of it is contaminated by naturally-occurring arsenic. Long-term consumption is slowly poisoning millions of people. IMPACT is providing the poorest families with award-winning ‘Sono’ Filters to remove arsenic from water.
To improve sanitation, IMPACT is also installing toilets in schools and the homes of the most vulnerable people in Bangladesh and Nepal.
The worst floods in Pakistan’s history struck in July 2010. The scale of the tragedy was immense; it affected more people than the 2010 Haitian earthquake, the 2005 Pakistan earthquake and the Asian Tsunami put together.
Thanks to IMPACT’s generous supporters and our local partner on the ground, action was quickly taken. IMPACT Pakistan was allocated a camp of 2,500 displaced men, women and children and was able to provide tents, clean water and regular hot meals.
This undoubtedly contributed to saving lives. A tented school was even set up to occupy 50 boys and 70 girls.
£52 provides an arsenic filter for a family in Bangladesh
The Human IMPACT
Like millions of people across the world, Halima and her small children had no option but to drink from a dirty stream and defecate in the bushes surrounding their home. Diarrhoea (which is the fourth biggest killer in Bangladesh) blighted their lives. Thanks to IMPACT they now have a tubewell and a sanitary latrine and the whole family’s health has improved immeasurably as a result.
By enabling some of the world’s poorest people to access clean water we are creating an essential first step to maintaining health, improving livelihoods and overcoming poverty.