Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Our water, sanitation and hygiene programs increase water access and improve health and hygiene for communities across Africa.

How We Do This:

JAM currently provides  Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) assistance to communities in Angola,
Mozambique, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Rwanda and Uganda.

Access to water and sanitation are recognized by the United Nations as human rights, reflecting the fundamental nature of these basics in every person’s life.

Our initiatives include:

JAM establishes approximately 120 water wells (boreholes) annually in communities that lack access to clean water. Drilling, installation and rehabilitation of wells is a grueling task and often takes weeks to complete. Most sites do not have the luxury of electricity and a handpump is installed, becoming the hub of the community. Community leaders are trained to make proper use of and maintain the wells in their areas as well, empowering the community.

Accompanying some wells are solar pump solutions as well, where viable.

JAM also implements rainwater-harvesting solutions where drilling is not possible. This is especially useful at schools where rainwater is harvested and utilized in the school gardening projects.

Besides providing sustainable water solutions, we provide comprehensive water and sanitation education training. WASH, which translates to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene collectively, are activities that are not able to exist independently. Without water, proper sanitation and hygiene is not possible and if proper hygiene is not in place, water becomes contaminated.

WASH programs encourage hand hygiene, and healthy habits in order to protect communities from disease and death – this is especially necessary for areas that do not have proper sanitation or clean water.

In areas where water is not available close by, and a handpump solution is not possible, JAM provides an alternative, mobile solutions such as a tippy tap or a hippo roller. Communities are given the responsibility of ensuring that these contraptions are kept in working order and that strict hygiene practices are adhered to.

Since 2001, JAM has provided access to safe water sources, ensuring communities have clean water and keeping them healthy.

1 in 10 people worldwide lives without clean water.

For children under the age of five, diarrheal diseases are a leading cause of death.

Clean water change lives. Clean water saves lives.

Without access to clean water, there can be no development and there is no survival.

Our Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programs are tailored to align with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), those of No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well Being, Quality Education, Gender Equality and Clean Water and Sanitation.

To read more about the difference our WASH programs are making in the lives of many vulnerable individuals and their communities, visit our stories page here

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