Water and sanitation
There is a global crisis in water and sanitation, with diarrhoea killing at least 1,200,000 under-5s each year.
Plan works with communities to improve access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation and to raise awareness of the importance of hand washing and waste management.
In 2012, Plan supported 417,911 households to improve their sanitation facilities, and helped communities to build or refurbish 3,796 water points.
Billions of people lack access to basic sanitation and are forced to defecate out in the open, contaminating food and water supplies.
We educate communities about the importance of sanitation and encourage them to strive for a total ban on open defecation.
Communities take the lead
Plan supports communities to take the lead in improving their own sanitation, promoting the rights of women, girls and marginalised groups and spreading the message about hygiene.
We work alongside government, communities and local groups to ensure that initiatives are sustainable in the long term.
Read Plan publications on water and sanitation
World Toilet Day: Children lead the way
Almost 2,000 children worldwide die every day from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. See how children in Cambodia are taking action.
Drinking water arrives in remote Guatemala villages
See how more than 2,400 Plan water tanks are saving villagers in rural Guatemala from walking hours in search of drinking water each day.
Bangladeshi children demand total sanitation
Children in Dinajpur, Bangladesh, have been taking direct action to protect their health ever since Plan introduced Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) to over 200 villages in the district in 2004.
Harvesting rainwater in Nepal
Families from Damgade in Makwanpur, Nepal, used to be afraid of the dry months, when they were forced to travel long distances each day to access drinking water – but not anymore.