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The COVID-19 pandemic requires a global response. 4 in 10 households worldwide still don’t have soap and water, meaning people cannot wash their hands to protect themselves from coronavirus.

In addition to our usual programmatic work, WaterAid America is supporting COVID-19 responses in Nicaragua and Colombia.

In Nicaragua we have installed handwashing stations for up to 8,500 people in health clinics and other public gathering points such as transit hubs and farmers' markets, prioritising already vulnerable indigenous populations. And we are developing communications messages to reach as many as 186,000 people in urban and rural areas with key hygiene messages in local languages.

In Colombia we have installed handwashing stations reaching as many as 7,000 people daily and more than 1,000 rural households, prioritising already vulnerable indigenous Wayuu populations. We have also developed effective communications campaigns to reach rural populations with hygiene messages in their local language. We have expanded our ‘Ponte Pilas’ handwashing campaign, so we can reach more people more quickly.

Our global response to COVID-19

WaterAid America joined our global federation in 2004, and have been busy changing lives ever since.

The team coordinates the work we do in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as supporting our programmes around the world.

With connections in Silicon Valley through to the east coast, we have built partnerships with The PepsiCo Foundation, Latter-day Saints Charities and many more. And our advocates in Washington D.C. are calling on Congress to make sure everyone, everywhere has clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene within a generation.

Our inspiring supporters make all of this happen, by campaigning tirelessly and raising vital funds, whether at a bake sale or via cryptocurrency, all to give communities the chance to break free from poverty and change their lives for good.


Plumbing vs. gangs

Life will be better for families. The community will be less sick if they can drink good water, and they can have better personal hygiene when they have their own toilets.
Elton, Bilwi, Nicaragua

In the city of Bilwi, Nicaragua, we’re part of an innovative project to help young people stay out of gangs. By learning the skills they need to build wells and toilets, they can help their communities thrive, making a lasting difference to everyone’s lives.

“In my community, we’ve never had a project like this one.”

It might look and sound simple, but a concrete water tank has changed life dramatically for Carla and her family in Nicaragua.

WaterAid/Joshua Briemberg

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