Madagascar

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Water Works: How Access to Clean Water Transforms Lives in Madagascar

In the village of Sabotsy Anjiro in Madagascar, a simple water tap installed outside Voahangy Rasoanantenaina’s door has changed her life.

“Before the fountain, I had to get water from the public pump, a half-hour walk away,” said Voahangy, who has four children. “Having to do that twice a day meant that I lost two hours trying to access water and carry it home.”

“Now, the fountain is right in front of my home, and I can get as much water as I need, whenever I need it,” she said.

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Photo Essay: World Water Day 2019: Leaving No One Behind

Clean water and safe sanitation are key stepping stones on the journey to self-reliance. Throughout the year and around the globe, USAID partners with households, civic leaders, businesses, and governments to improve water and sanitation access for entire communities — laying the foundation for a healthier and more water-secure future. On March 22, travel around the world in celebration of World Water Day in this photo essay and see how USAID harnesses the transformative power of clean water to change lives, revitalize neighborhoods, and make sure no one is left behind.

Project

Madagascar Rural Access to New Opportunities for Health and Prosperity

Goal

RANO-HP was active from October 2009 to June 2013 and was implemented by a consortium led by Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The activity was designed to increase sustainable access to safe water supply, improve sanitation coverage, and expand hygiene practices in 26 rural communities in Madagascar.

Project

Rural Access to New Opportunities for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

Rural Access to New Opportunities for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (RANO WASH) is a five-year, $30 million project to improve WASH services in rural Madagascar. RANO WASH is be implemented by a CARE-led consortium that includes Catholic Relief Services, WaterAid, BushProof and Sandandrano with activities planned through 2022. It will improve the health of people in 250 communes in the regions of Vatovavy Fitovinany, Atsinanana, Alaotra Mangoro, Amoron’i Mania, Haute Matsiatra, and Vakinankaratra.

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Photo Essay: Transforming Vulnerable Communities Through Water Access in Madagascar

Madagascar is urbanizing at twice the rate as the rest of the world, with an estimated 4.5 percent urban growth rate and approximately one-third of the total population already living in urban areas. Every month, cities across Madagascar grow by tens of thousands — growth often concentrated in informal settlements with limited access to water and sanitation services as the demand outstrips local capacity.

Country Profile

Madagascar

Madagascar’s unique wildlife and biodiversity have attracted both increasing numbers of tourists and significant donor investments in recent years, but it stands as the poorest nonconflict country on Earth, with 92 percent of people living on less than $2/day. The country is struggling to stabilize the government; implement economic reforms; and recover from recent natural disasters such as floods, locusts, and a drought.