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USAID Water and Sanitation Project

The USAID Water and Sanitation (WASH) project works to build the capacity and increase the number of people with access to basic drinking water services. The WASH project targets 5 cholera-prone communes in Haiti (Cap-Haitien, Croix-des-Bouquets, Mirebalais, Jeremie and Les Cayes) and recognizes that the rapid pace of urbanization requires increasing attention to urban services and utilities, particularly in dense peri-urban settlements, secondary cities and towns, which are often served by informal providers that are introduced in the video.

Interagency Story

“The Rise of SkyWater” – Challenges of an Aerial Water Distribution System 

In Africa, it is estimated that over half of the urban population lives in informal settlements, sometimes referred to as “slums.” Most informal settlements do not have access to basic city services such as piped water, sewer systems, or waste collection. Kibera, a large informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya, is not connected to the municipal water system. Residents in Kibera purchase water at kiosks often supplied by unregulated networks of rubber hoses and tubing that run along the ground and in open gutters.

Interagency Story

Learning and Engaging All in Primary School (LEAPS) II Project

While schools are primarily centers for students' learning, they also serve as foundations for development, including social and economic safety nets, in their communities. For example, in the United States and many other countries, school feeding programs help to ensure that students from all social and economic backgrounds are well nourished, which improves those students' school attendance, academic performance, and long-term opportunities for successful livelihoods.

Global Waters Article

Can Mobile Tech Lower the Cost of Household Water in Rural Ethiopia?

The wait for water sometimes felt endless. “When the water point, pump, and generator faced difficulty, it took a long time to fix,” recalls Feleke Abera, a resident of Wita, a rural kebele (village) in south-central Ethiopia. “Sometimes it took up to three months.”

Resource Collection

Drinking Water

Access to safe drinking water is one of the cornerstones of public health; however, more than 660 million people around the world still lack access to a dependable drinking water supply. USAID helps partner countries reach the poor and assist the underserved in gaining first-time or improved access to basic drinking water services, laying the foundation for a healthier and more water-secure future one neighborhood and community at a time.

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World Water Day

World Water Day is observed annually on March 22 to raise awareness about the vital importance of water to everything from public health and youth education to economic development and gender equality.