WASH is a globally used acronym for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene. These vital practices that are important to the health of mankind are often taken for granted. Improper or non-existent WASH practices are among the leading causes of sickness and death in the majority of the world today.
Here are some facts:
• 1 in 10 (663 Million) people in the world lack clean safe drinking water (WHO).
• 1 in 3 (2.4 Billion) people lack access to a toilet (WHO).
• Lack of access to WASH contributes to two of the three leading killers of children under the age of 5 (WHO).
At Foothold, we see WASH as a cycle, with each element dependent on the other. If you have unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene are affected. If you lack proper toilets, water and hygiene are affected, and so on. Therefore, a balanced approach must be taken when addressing WASH issues in a community.
In the area of Chala, Kenya, Foothold International is committed to addressing WASH issues. Waterborne diseases such as typhoid, cholera, and diarrhea are among the leading causes of sickness and death. Some homes in Kenya have no proper toilets, and few people (especially children) wash their hands when necessary.
Alongside WASH education, Foothold has been providing clean, safe drinking water to Chala residents through biosand water filters for over three years. Plans are in the works to introduce durable hand-washing stations for school children and open a community-based soap-making shop that will provide bar soap for each student in the Chala area. We are also working on introducing toilets that are more sanitary and gentle on the environment.
Foothold invites you to make an investment into improving WASH in the community of Chala, Kenya. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that for every $1 invested in WASH, there is a $4.30 decrease in healthcare cost concerning WASH related disease. In the last seven months Foothold biosand filters have attributed to improving school attendance by 25%.