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Impact of Clean Water on Education

Impact of Clean Water on Education

Submitted by Anna Carolina Ortiz, MPH, Global Health & Development Director Clean water means more children in school. Period.  The statistics are staggering. 31% of schools worldwide lack safe water and adequate sanitation Water-related illnesses lead to 443 million missed school days each year Women and girls spend 200 million […]

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Simón’s Story | Clean Water & Sanitation in Nicaragua

Simón’s Story | Clean Water & Sanitation in Nicaragua

Simón was doing his best. Since his wife died 10 years ago, he’s been a single dad. Living in poverty — in the remote Nicaraguan town of Piedra Colorado, or “Red Stone” — Simón was determined to be self-sufficient, to provide for himself and his children. He started a small […]

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New Homes & Clean Water in the Q’eros Nation

New Homes & Clean Water in the Q’eros Nation

When the weather is cold outside, the last thing you want is to jump into a freezing bath. For Julián, Evarista and their family of five, there’s never been another option.In the mountainous region of Cusco, Peru, where the Q’ero people live more than 14,000 feet above sea level, summer […]

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Life-Giving Water Flows in Sayhua, Peru

Life-Giving Water Flows in Sayhua, Peru

Our world is heating up, droughts are taking a toll on farmers and the people you serve with Esperança are among the hardest hit. The farming community of Sayhua, Peru was in dire straits. With rain becoming more and more unreliable, irrigation is a must to keep crops growing and […]

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The Search for Water is Over

The Search for Water is Over

Thirsty? You go to the tap. Or to the fridge for water you’ve filtered. There’s bottled water as well. Plenty of options.What if you had no options?The remote, mountainous community of Las Mesitas in northwest Nicaragua never had options. In this place of poverty, suffocated by an extremely dry climate, […]

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Water System Leads to Blooming Micro-business in Nicaragua

Water System Leads to Blooming Micro-business in Nicaragua

It’s amazing how little value we place on water in the U.S. We couldn’t live without it, yet it’s rarely a concern in our day-to-day lives. But what if water were scarce? How far would we go to secure this vital resource for ourselves and our family – to survive? […]

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World Water Day 2021 – Measuring the True Value of Water

World Water Day 2021 – Measuring the True Value of Water

Submitted by Anna Carolina Ortiz, MPH, International Program Director Water is an invaluable resource that makes the world go round. Yet, 2.2 billion people still live without access to safe water to this day. The United Nations’ campaign for World Water Day focuses on valuing water or the different meanings […]

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World Toilet Day – Making a Movement for Sanitation

World Toilet Day – Making a Movement for Sanitation

Submitted by Anna Ortiz, International Program Director You will never appreciate your toilet as much as when you are nowhere near one. Or the ones nearby are not as sanitary as what you are used to. The reality is toilets and sanitation often fly under the radar, but when a […]

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Sanitation is Only Step One For the Zimila Family

Sanitation is Only Step One For the Zimila Family

The household of Flora Agostinho Zimila has 8 members. Looking at this family’s living conditions a few months ago would surprise you… Esperança’s Community Health Activists witnessed some hard conditions upon their initial visit to Flora’s home. They did not have a “tarimba” (for lack of a Portuguese word to […]

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