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Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Plan's WASH team ensures that children and youth are able to realize their basic human right to a clean environment and use of safe water and basic sanitation services.
Plan's WASH team ensures that children and youth are able to realize their basic human right to a clean environment and use of safe water and basic sanitation services.

Plan International’s Goal for WASH:

Children and youth will realize their right to safe, reliable, and affordable drinking water supplies; to hygienic sanitation; and to live in a clean environment.

Plan International’s Approach:

The basic foundation of Plan International’s WASH work is focused around five pillars:

  1. Access: children and their communities should have access to and be able to use safe drinking water and sanitation facilities all year round
  2. Integration: all programs should address water, sanitation, and hygiene behavior change in a holistic manner to maximize impact
  3. Empowerment and sustainability: children, their families, and their communities should have the opportunity for empowerment by improving their chances to participate in all stages of the program/project cycle
  4. Gender equity/inclusion: through mainstreaming gender considerations, WASH projects should contribute to the eradication of gender-based inequities and should allow for regular and continuous input by women, men, girls, and boys
  5. Technology choice: technical standards for WASH programs should be set so that relevant and appropriate technology is incorporated into system design

 

What We Do in WASH:

Each of Plan’s country programs has implemented water and sanitation programs in urban and rural areas:

In 2012, Plan invested approximately $63.1 million to improve the sanitation facilities in 417,911 households, and help communities build or refurbish 3,796 water points.

Integrating WASH into Existing Programs:

See how the integration of water, sanitation, and hygiene can improve the success rate of an existing project: