Madagascar; so famous for its beautiful and varied wildlife & landscapes. The fourth largest island in the world, with landscapes from rainforest to desert. Yet in 2017 over half its population lives without access to safe, clean water.
Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world, with an estimated 90% of 22 million Malagasies living on less than $2 a day (2012). These same people don't have a decent to go to the toilet, and almost 4,000 children under 5 die every year from diarrhea related diseases caused by unsafe water & poor sanitation.
Imagine having to trek for hours every single day to find water, water that isn't clean & safe. This loss of time every single day makes it hard for people to break out of the cycle of poverty.
Imagine not being able to take for granted a loo & sink. Madagascar deserves better, and we can play our part.
Wessex Water's focus in Madagascar is a project that aims to promote Universal Access to WASH in the rural municipality of Faratsiho, Faratsiho District, Vakinankaratra Region, Madagascar.
In order to achieve this the project's main objectives are:
- Improving access to public water, sanitation and hygiene services, with the project planning to build two gravity-fed water systems(supplying a total of 33 tap stands), three hand washing facilities, a two-compartment school sanitary latrine with shower, and improvements to 85 family latrines.
- Education and information on safe hygiene practices to lead to read and tangible behaviour change.
- Continuing support to the local Municipality in it's responsibility for the new public facilities
Wessex Water has been supporting WaterAid for many years, in fact since 1990 people living in its region have raised aver 14 million pounds, that's huge! enough to reach over 12 thousand people with safe, clean water.
Just last year staff from Wessex Water raised over £182,000 for WaterAid.
At B4L we want to help Madagascar be the best it can be: but that starts with clean water & sanitation