Theme: Water and sanitation
In the Ewaso Ngiro river basin, central Kenya, families have begun digging in the dry riverbed for water. If the arid weather continues, many fear they’ll have to begin destocking their cattle.
As of this week, a new Red Cross water treatment facility in Arua District started pumping over 400,000 litres of water a day from the Nile River into storage tanks, where it is filtered, treated and tested for quality, before being trucked to nearby Rhino Camp, currently home to 86,000 refugees.
Promotion of good hygiene with children living in informal settlements and refugee camps is an area where the Lebanese Red Cross disaster management unit has been particularly active
Over 15 million people have gained access to safe water and sanitation since 2005 as a result of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Global Water and Sanitation Initiative (GWSI). The plan aims to reach a further 15 million people by 2025.
Following the devastation of Haiti after Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, the Dominican Red Cross mobilized 29 of its staff with three water trucks and five water treatment plants.
Safe water can be scarce in Ethiopia’s remote region of Benishangul-Gumuz, especially for people living in the countryside. Families can be at risk of becoming sick from waterborne diseases and poor hygiene which is why the Ethiopian Red Cross Society stepped in to develop a clever way of addressing the issue.
Basantapur, an hour from the town of Ramechhap, east of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, is home to Chanda Maya Sunuwara. She has spent most of her adult life here. She has seen many changes and is now getting a brand new toilet for her family.
Water, sanitation and good hygiene practices are fundamental to healthy life. Our collective aim is to ensure every family has affordable and sustainable access to safe water and adequate sanitation.
The challenges of accessing good water and sanitation services are compounded when you’re also dealing with disability.
In the last six months there has been a steady increase in people fleeing violence in South Sudan and looking for safety in Palorinya. Resources, and the capacity of the government and humanitarian agencies, are stretched.