Tag - Water

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Water for andian population
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Cholera outbreak emergency campaign
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Access to water in Agraharam village
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Goal #6: Water and Sanitation – World Water Day
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Help seven schools in Vietnam
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The Dafort water project
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Water, Water Everywhere, Only if We Share
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Governance matters most in sustainable economic development. Ethiopia is doing well
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What Intermon Oxfam is really doing with my donation?
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Ethiopia: one of the richest countries in water reserves, still has lots of people without drinking water access

Water for andian population

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Did you know that 62% of the Peruvian population lives in areas with 2,2% of the water availability of the country?

Family farming is the main economic activity of the poorest families in Peru, most of whom live in rural areas. The human, ecological and water effects of climate change are especially important for them, since they depend on water in all their agricultural or livestock activities.

NRbZ7qZsAmong others, one of the main project of Ayuda en Acción consists in promote a social management of water as a way for conservation rehabilitation and recovery of water sources, that allows to support small-scale agriculture.

logo_planetahuertoAfter completing its last project, in which they helped 20 women from Mali to receive agricultural training in order to improve their productivity (you can remember the project HERE), the customers of Planeta Huerto start now a new fundraising campaign to collaborate with Ayuda en Acción to optimize the use of water in family farming which is the main income source of people in those areas.

Through the money collected, Ayuda en Acción will be able to implement an irrigation technification and 10 families in Peru will have access to water and food security.

If you want, you can check the donation process HERE.

Worldcoo Team

 

Cholera outbreak emergency campaign

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unicefTo the conflict that already threatens millions of children in Yemen, a dangerous outbreak of cholera is now linked. Health services, halved by the conflict, are on the verge of collapse and do not provide enough to meet the growing number of people suffering from this disease.

Without a proper water and sanitation system, cholera is transmitted at high speed and without health centers or economic resources, it is not possible to face a health emergency like this.

logoIn front of this bad situation, Unicef is working to deal this outbreak of cholera, distributing medical supplies and drinking water. After collaborating with Codespa Foundation in order to train young people at risk of social exclusion, Nicequest users will join Unicef in the cholera prevention.

With their help, 1.170 Yemen children will have access to drinking water for a year to prevent further cholera infections.

Remember that, if you want, you can check the collecting process HERE.

Worldcoo Team

Access to water in Agraharam village

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During this school year, 30 kids will receive school support to improve their education  thanks to Planeta Huerto users, who have been contributing to break poverty cycle. Just like a reminder, today 1 every 4 kids live situations of vulnerability, because many families struggle to meet their basic needs. They will do it through a program leaded by La Obra Social “la Caixa”. Thank you so much to make it happen!

They start a new social project today, which is promote the access to water in Agraharam village, who is located in the second most arid state in India after Rajasthan, with an annual average rainfall of 940mm. These weather conditions affect agriculture, the livelihood of nearly 80% of the population.

vicente_ferrer_logoThis situation is what led to Vicente Ferrer Foundation to develop an Ecological Development Plan to save, multiply and share the natural, agricultural and livestock resources of the area.

Thanks to the contribution of the users of Planeta Huerto, the organisation will be able to build a dam to benefit 1.068 members of the 203 farming families who live in the village, from the positive impact of the construction of the dam.

You can follow the project HERE.

Worldcoo Team.

 

 

Goal #6: Water and Sanitation – World Water Day

At the beginning of 2016 we talked about the Sustainable Development Goals, 17 goals created by 193 UN’s member States and which are within the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. You can read more about the Sustainable Development Goals here.

Today all the world celebrates the World Water Day and we want to take this day to talk about the goal number 6 which is based on ensure access to water and sanitation for all.

The water is an essential element of sustainable development, in other words, clean and accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in. Water resources and the range of services offered by them have a key role in the reduction of poverty, the economic growth and the environmental sustainability.

According to UN’s data, water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population and is projected to rise. Although since 1990, 2.6 billion people have gained access to improved drinking water sources, the decreasing availability of safe water is a big issue that worries all continents.

If in 2030 we want to ensure the global access to safe and affordable drinking water, we should implement the adequate investments in infrastructure, provide health facilities and encourage safe hygiene practices at all levels.

In order to reduce water scarcity, we have to protect and recover the water-related ecosystems including forests, rivers or the mountains. Also, a strong international cooperation is necessary to stimulate the water efficiency and add treatment technologies in development countries.

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This year, the World Water Day has the motto “Better Water, Better Jobs”. According to United Nations, almost half of the world’s workers work in water related sectors and nearly all jobs depend on water and those that ensure its safe delivery. Yet the millions of people who work in water are often not recognized or protected by basic labour rights. The theme in 2016 — water and jobs — is focusing on how enough quantity and quality of water can change workers’ lives and livelihoods – and even transform societies and economies.

Today is a day to reflect about water function and propitiate improvements for the population who suffer water-related problems. To end this post, we show you the World Water Day 2016 official trailer.

We can take bold action to address water inequity as part of our efforts to realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The Worldcoo team.

Help seven schools in Vietnam

Today, the Vietnam faces the premature death of 14.000 children each year. Due to that, poor sanitation and hygiene conditions. Then, Vietnam is fighting to bad conditions of water.

This Worldcoo project is located in the district of Mu Chang Chai (see map), where more than 70% of households, public centers and schools don’t have latrines. Moreover, the inhabitants of that region are strongly attached to their cultural roots, which means that even with appropriate services they prefer to keep their poor hygiene practice.

Therefore, the NGO Codespa started to plan a project which aims to train, study, develop and systemize the hygiene in 7 schools. That will directly benefit to 2.500 children. The budget includes operations of studies and technical work, development tools, training to local partners, and construction of sanitations. Then, 10% is dedicated to the coordination of the project.

So far, they need 15.000€ to concretize the project. Help them to make it happen by donating to the project and spread the word.

The Dafort water project

The water management is one of the biggest preoccupation in the world. With this project, the NGO Santa Perpetua Solidaria wants to help the community of Dafort, in Mauritania (Maps), to fight against hunger and drought.

Some surveys were conducted and it reveals that there is underground water, but the population of Dafort cannot afford to extract as it is expensive and it needs a lot of resources. Thus, this project has been created with the help of the local population and authorities, and the community of emigrants in Catalonia.

The project is divided in three main objectives. First, the drilling of water well and the construction of the required infrastructure to provide population with safe drinking water. It will end with 12 fountains located on the streets of Dafort. Then, the creation of a water community to manage the infrastructures. That’s an economic key point to make sure that there is no waste and no problem with the distribution. Finally, teaching families in improving sanitation and hygiene habits.

16,000 inhabitant are waiting the concretization of this beautiful plan. Everything is calculated, prepared, people are ready to move away to start working on it. But the financial goal is not already reached!

Support the project by giving a donation and sharing it with your network.

Water, Water Everywhere, Only if We Share

The World Water Day, since 1993 observed every year on 22 March, has grown in awarness aided in recent years by social media. This year is the landmark 20th anniversary of its formation, and UN Water are determined to make it the biggest and most widely disseminated yet, with no fewer than 450 events taking place on every continent today. This year official festivities are taking place in The Hague, Netherlands. This year oficial slogan is:“Water, Water Everywhere, Only if We Share” yet, this blog post title.

Obviously there has been progress, but we don’t see World Water Day is a day to celebrate. It’s more a day that forces us to think about much more we need to do. Lets see some data then:

– The resource is wide, but not avalaible. The 97% of water reserves are in sea water. Other 2% is frozen in the poles. So we have to deal with the remaining 1%.

13% of world population has no access to clean drinking water.

– Some 2.5 billion people have no sanitation facilities, with open defecation elevating the risk of disease and groundwater contamination.

– Access to latrines changed little between 1990 and 2010 in sub-Saharan Africa and only marginally in South Asia, the world’s poorest regions.

Of the 800 million living in water poverty, 40% are in sub-Saharan Africa.

– Across sub-Saharan Africa, 61% of people have a ready access to water but only 30% have latrines, the lowest rates in the world.

– In 2010 UN approved resolution 64/292 which recognizes human rights to water and sanitation.

– We already reached MDG 7c “Halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation“, but we will miss MGG 7d “Achieve, by 2020, a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers“.

– According to WHO humans need about 7 to 15L/person daily to fully ensure health and sanitation. In developing countries we are using about 100L daily per person.

– UNDP states that the price of water sholdn’t be higher than 3% total house income.

But the main challenge that water faces is the world population increase. To discover more you can see this video.

Have a nice water day!

Governance matters most in sustainable economic development. Ethiopia is doing well

Douglas Beal of the Boston Consulting Group and Andy Ratcliffe of the Africa Governance Initiative, share lessons in The Guardian on how developing countries are turning wealth into wellbeing for their citizens. This video talk about it, and share different examples to understand the reality of this countries and what are they politics respect the sustainable economic development.

Beal defend that there are things that can be done to improve the wellbeing of population which doesn’t required money, “it’s all related in making the right decisions”. He uses Ethiopia as an example of a government that is doing it in the right way. “Ethiopia is actually one of the countries that are the strongest in translating the improvements in their wealth into improvements in wellbeing”, Beal says. “One of the things they have really improved is healthcare and also outcomes of healthcare”. They did it focusing the improvement on what they were wrong: “rather than being reactionary to a particular disease is about getting into the communities, hider communities healthier workers to go out, explain that access to clean water can prevent diseases, uses of condoms,… and all other things that can prevent the need for greater healthcare in the future”, explains.

In their opinion, Ethiopia is very successful at doing that. It has changed in recent years and its evolution is well, but they still have lots of problems to solve. This is why the work done by NGO’s like Intermon Oxfam in there is still needed.

Source: The Guardian.

What Intermon Oxfam is really doing with my donation?

Intermon Oxfam says that their objective in this project is “to improve the health status of 4.703 people in Yegobecha, by providing safe water access and the improvement of their hygiene habits”. But how is it possible? What they need to reach their aim?
The construction for the water prevision consists in different masonry structures to ensure clean water access within 20 minutes walking distance, and a minimum quantity of 15 litres per person and day. This masonry structures they want to build will be 9 water points where communities can go to get water; 9 anchor blocks to protect the pipeline system in steep terrains; 9 valve chambers to measure used water; and 8 km of trenches and water canalization.
Although, the project Intermon Oxfam is presenting in Worldcoo is the continuation of a different parts project, so there are things already constructed. This water supply system is an extension of a pipeline system financed by the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation (ACCD).
Also, this project, promotes basic hygiene and sanitation habits for disease prevention, and trains the community on management for sanitation and hygiene issues.

Ethiopia: one of the richest countries in water reserves, still has lots of people without drinking water access

Yegobecha is situated in the North of Ethiopia, in the Southern Nation Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP) Region. This is a very poor region in a very poor country which only the 38 % of a more than 90M population has access to drinking water. This is one of the main problems in Ethiopia, although it is a country rich in water reserves (86% of the Nile River’s flow is originated in Ethiopia and there are abundant underground water basins). The problem is the lack of material, financial and human resources to construct infrastructures allowing water extraction from subsoil and, thus, making it available to the entire population.

Families in Yegobecha have an average number of 6 children and live from subsistence agriculture. Many men must migrate to other areas in search of extra work, as they don’t get enough income from work in land to buy basic goods. In this cases mothers take on the role of family chief, with 6 children in charge, besides doing household tasks, getting water and working the land. This supposes an overload of work which has different consequences, including that they are forced to take their children out of school to help with household tasks.

Also, 50% of the population lives within 10 km away from any basic services centre (health centres and schools). This means 2 hours by walking, as they do not have any other transportation facilities.

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