Water, Sanitation & Hygiene


Project Focus

IDRF Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programs provide access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation facilities (such as washrooms and hand washing stations), and hygiene education for women, men, and children to keep families healthy and break the cycle of poverty.

How do we do it?

Our Impact

Provided ongoing safe drinking water to nearly 20,000 Gaza children since 2013.

Distributed 870 household water filter systems post-2015 Nepal Earthquake

Installed 287 hand pumps in Pakistan, supplying 13,300+ people with clean water.

Constructed 2 community water points in Tanzania, serving 12,000 people.

Water Access

Water is essential for survival. In order to ensure access to adequate clean drinking and cooking water, IDRF delivers water to schools, builds wells, and installs hand pumps along with providing training on the proper use and maintenance of these pumps. We also investigate innovative ways of getting water to remote areas.



IDRF is installing 220 hand pumps in more accessible community locations across 30 villages in drought-affected District Tharparkar, serving 16,800 people.


Working in the Thar Desert region in Rajasthan, IDRF will serve 10 villages through innovative solutions such as rainwater harvesting, purification, vegetation improvements, and capacity building.

Sanitation Facilities

Having a safe, private place to take care of personal needs is an essential element of public health, participation in public life and education, and fundamental human dignity. IDRF constructs fully functional sanitation facilities, which include pit latrines, bathrooms, and hand washing stations, along with training on the maintenance of these facilities.


IDRF constructed 16 household washing stations, serving 130 people, which allow households to wash themselves with safe clean water.


IDRF is constructing/rehabilitating 36 latrines that will benefit 80 homes and an estimated 640 men women and children in Sindh. An additional 80 facilities will be constructed across District Tharparkar, where open defecation causes serious health concerns.

Hygiene Education

Contaminated water is a primary source of poor health, so knowledge about keeping water and selves clean is life-saving. IDRF provides hygiene education to communities, as well as training to sanitation facility workers and water committee members who then pass this message on others in the community.


IDRF is training 400 women on proper hygiene in the kitchen and bathroom, and how to avoid contamination in the food and water with which they are feeding their children.


IDRF training ensured that newly installed water sources did not get contaminated and the community was able to maintain and use the water source after the project was completed.


Using creative multi-media strategies such as radio, community contests, theatre, and campaigns, IDRF will disseminate creative health promotion and hygiene messages in contextually appropriate ways. We will further conduct 360 community hygiene trainings with a particular emphasis on helping women and girls. These will reach almost 17,000 people.

Why support IDRF's WASH programs?

750 million people in the world don’t have access to safe water and 2.5 billion people don’t have access to adequate sanitation. Tragically, every minute a child dies of water-related diseases, and over 500,000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.

Water is essential for survival, and for peace. Water shortages lead to reduced food production, mass displacement, undermined livelihoods, and dire public health outcomes – all of which can lead to conflict. Working with whole communities on comprehensive solutions is critical. So too is using technology and innovation to bring water where it is needed most.

In many communities, women and girls are most affected by water scarcity. Women and children spend an estimated 140 Million hours each day collecting water, often from distant, unsafe sources to provide for their families. When women do not have a safe place for sanitary practices, they risk increased violence, increased health risks, and diminished abilities to participate in school and public life. IDRF WASH programs consider the unique needs of all members of the community, and make access and education key components of our programs.

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