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Help us fight coronavirus

Hygiene is key for saving lives.

Help us fight coronavirus

Our work is needed more than ever where water and sanitation are lacking.

The COVID-19 pandemic especially threatens the 3 billion people who do not have access to adequate handwashing facilities with soap and water in their homes.

We at the Foundation stand side by side with those most vulnerable to this dramatic pandemic, that is why we are working in new projects, encouraging education and good hygiene practices, providing facilities and applying our expertise in communities where we have already guaranteed the access to water and sanitation to more than 700,000 people.

Personal hygiene, based on handwashing, is and continues to be an essential factor to eradicate epidemics like diarrhea or pneumonia, which cause the death of more than 800 children per day in the world’s most disadvantaged communities. And right now it is a fundamental tool that, together with the social distance, will allow us to fight COVID-19.

We need to do even more now!

The coronavirus pandemic is a new lethal factor in these poor regions with hardly any health resources.

Your help counts!

This is how we help

We collaborate with NGOs, foundations and United Nations agencies specialized in developing aid programs in the areas of the world most affected by lack of water and sanitation.

COVID-19

We keep you informed of the problems and their solutions.

african woman carrying water

A society without stigmas, without segregation, with solidarity

The fear of coronavirus infection has revealed the social scourge of stigma. Some health professionals and other groups that have been at the frontline with their work have suffered social rejection. This is an attitude that, beyond the pandemic, affects the poorest and most discriminated people, as is often the case in the world of access to water and sanitation. We must end this burden to attain the Sustainable Development Goals. Viruses, like water, know no borders, ethnicities or social classes.

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children in burkina faso

Childhood malnutrition, the unbearable reverse of the pandemic

Covid -19 has shot to pieces all aid programs against global childhood malnutrition. The situation of extreme vulnerability in which millions of children in the poorest regions have been left is a collateral emergency to that of the virus which has already turned into a terrible humanitarian crisis. The difficulty of access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation always goes hand in hand with abandoned and malnourished children. The international reaction has already started and aid projects are greatly increasing. Together we will succeed.

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letrinas

There is no sanitation without sustainability

What is the ideal location to build a latrine? How should it be ventilated? How to make it easy for children to use it? And what about the use by women? Which materials should be used? The answers vary depending on the culture, climate and training of users. These are factors that define the sustainability of sanitation where it is most needed: in the fight against open defecation. The Foundation’s expertise will be a guideline in Burkina Faso.

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World Vision Nicaragua

Clean water for hygiene and education in Nicaragua

A new project of the Foundation helps the most vulnerable schoolchildren to effectively fight Covid-19. In Nicaragua, where the government is heavily criticized for the way it has dealt with the pandemic, there is a serious lack of access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in many schools. More than five hundred schoolchildren and some 3,200 inhabitants of the municipalities of Yalí and San Lorenzo are being empowered to face infections.

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With nature not against it

With nature, not against it

Beyond human tragedy, COVID-19 poses a reflection on how we relate to each other and to nature. And it leads us to another vision of the problems that beset the human species. The new society that is emerging from the crisis will have to integrate health emergencies into a more global vision with the values of proportionality and cohesion that are characteristic of the culture of the green economy. The path towards the SDGs must be aware of the fact that a pollution-free and ecologically balanced planet is synonymous with health.

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child smiling

The comprehensive water cycle: guarantee, privilege and need

Confidence in the safety and efficiency of the comprehensive water cycle has been reinforced during the Covid-19 pandemic, among those citizens who are guaranteed it. Most of them now have a better understanding of a key service that ensures their well-being. This knowledge should serve to reflect on the situation of the 2.1 billion people who do not have running water in their homes. The crisis unleashed by the pandemic threatens the plans of many countries with regard to the universal implementation of access to water and sanitation. Humanity cannot afford it.

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