Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
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:
- Access: children and their communities should have access to and be able to use safe drinking water and sanitation facilities all year round
- Integration: all programs should address water, sanitation, and hygiene behavior change in a holistic manner to maximize impact
- 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
- 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
- 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:
- Community-Led Total Sanitation
- Improvement of water and sanitation access in urban & rural populations
- Point-of-use water treatment
- Behavior change and hygiene promotion
In 2014, Plan invested approximately $44.9 million to improve sanitation facilities in 835,207 households and to help communities build or refurbish 4,112 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:
- Economic Projects
- Disaster Risk Management and Security Projects
- Maternal and Child Health Projects
- Educational Projects
- HIV and AIDS Projects
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