Access to water and sanitation is a fundamental human right and essential to life

Access to water and sanitation is a fundamental human right and essential to life, health and dignity but access to clean water is a challenge in the developing world around the globe. Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH) is one of the arms used by CADEF to achieve its mission and to a larger extend sustainable development goal 6. We Improve children and their families' health through basic sanitation and safe drinking water.

Menstrual hygiene is one area that cannot be underestimated. Girls face huge taboos, just for having a period, and the inability to deal with menstruation means girls miss school each month.

Clean drinking water, access to toilets and basic sanitation practices can keep children healthy, in school and prevent the spread of diseases.

We work in communities to increase communities' access to water. Bore holes and water tanks and additional piping are bringing water to homes and schools and staff are teaching children the importance of washing their hands with soap at school. Toilets have also been built for children with disabilities to support them to study, rather than remaining at home due to a lack of school facilities.

Water, sanitation and hygiene can transform girls’ lives. Aside from the obvious health benefits, girls can profit from increased access to education, greater economic security and better protection from violence and stigmas.

Our works and programs are design to contribute to the sustainable development goal, that is:

• Achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2035.

• Achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations.

Water, sanitation and hygiene doesn’t just contribute to SDG 6, it contributes to many, including gender equality (SDG 5), decreasing global inequalities (SDG 10), access to education (SD4) and health nutrition (SD3).

It’s exciting that women and girls are at the heart of the design of the SDGs. Their voices are also at the heart of the work we carry out alongside our partners to ensure universal access to water and sanitation.

Our programs in the water and sanitation sector is increasingly focus on the most excluded, with women and adolescent girls at the heart, since they face the biggest burden and risks from lack of access. We try to understand the roles and responsibilities that women face in communities and help them tackle their specific concerns.

Increasing menstrual hygiene awareness, improving access to private and safe toilets at school, and supporting the provision of menstrual materials can make a huge, lasting change to the lives of girls and contribute towards breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty.