Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene are essential for good health and wellbeing. Water is used not only for drinking but also for bathing, cooking, cleaning, waste disposal, and agriculture. Yet, 668 million people around the world do not have reliable access to clean drinking water and even more people lack access to water for agriculture and other household tasks to meet their everyday needs. What's more, 1.8 billion people around the world lack adequate sanitation solutions. The access to these basic services and the education of healthy behaviors results in over 1,000 children a day dying from diseases, many of which are entirely preventable when WASH is addressed sand sustained at the community level.
UMCOR-WASH implements projects through a network of partners in countries that have the highest levels of childhood diseases and death and least access to basic WASH services. UMCOR and its partners are working on long-term solutions that start with communities' priorities and agendas and support the change that they want to make in their lives, working alongside these communities to implement projects and learn how to manage their new assets. UMCOR's WASH partners' help communities gain better access to clean water by working with them to locate and develop safe water sources, educate themselves on key hygiene behaviors, and improve appropriate and simple sanitation solutions. This work is carried out in a holistic manner that addresses the fact that all aspects of life are interrelated and so solutions and approaches bust also be integrated and related.
UMCOR-WASH also supports global wash targets such as the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is a resource to national and local partner organizations, the United Methodist Church as a whole, and other global agencies seeking to affect change in WASH.
Goals & Objectives
UMCOR Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) accompanies and empowers families and communities to identify their water, sanitation and hygiene behavior goals and decide solutions that will ensure continued access to clean water and healthy disposal of waste in an integrated manner towards improved health and service outcomes.
1. Underserved populations have sustainable access to basic WASH services, including improved indoor air;
2. UMCOR field offices and external partners exchange best practices to jointly achieve clear and concise global targets;
3. Monitoring and evaluation of WASH activities demonstrate impact and communicate needs;
4. Individuals, congregations, and agencies within the Methodist church share strategic direction and resources to increase the impact of WASH activities.
Strategic annual planning
1. WASH partner selection
2. Partner Application design and review
3. Progress report review and impact monitoring
4. WASH technical support within community development
5. Partner site visits, including program audits and support