Photo Essay: World Water Day 2019: Leaving No One Behind

USAID Water Team
Mar 18, 2019 · 7 min read

Clean water and safe sanitation are key stepping stones on the journey to self-reliance. Throughout the year and around the globe, USAID partners with households, civic leaders, businesses, and governments to improve water and sanitation access for entire communities — laying the foundation for a healthier and more water-secure future. On March 22, travel around the world in celebration of World Water Day in this photo essay and see how USAID harnesses the transformative power of clean water to change lives, revitalize neighborhoods, and make sure no one is left behind. See for yourself how #USAIDTransforms, one community at a time.

Photo credit: Zarela Estabridis

PERU — Empowering women to serve as water champions for their communities.

Photo credit: Bobby Neptune for Winrock International

MARA RIVER BASIN–Sharing waters, sharing goals.

Photo credit: USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance

SYRIA–Providing clean drinking water to restore a degree of normalcy in displacement camps and war-torn communities.

Outside the camps, war has ravaged the country’s water infrastructure, which has often been deliberately targeted in the fighting. Consequently, Syrians returning home to communities they once fled also face new threats in the form of waterborne disease, due to unsafe drinking water. To tackle that challenge, USAID and partners have rehabilitated wells and pumping stations, restoring access to clean drinking water for more than 300,000 people in northeastern Syria. “You can’t just turn the water on,” says Gretchen Murphy, USAID’s stabilization advisor for activities in Syria’s northeast region. “You have to keep it running.”

Photo credit: Tsilavo Rapiera/WADA

MADAGASCAR–Improved water distribution shortens walks and simplifies life.

Photo: USAID KIWASH

KENYA — Strengthening water utilities from the ground up.

Photo credit: Victor Lugala, USAID/South Sudan

SOUTH SUDAN — Harnessing the power of the sun to improve local water access.

To ensure the sustainability of this new water distribution infrastructure, local residents have been trained on management and maintenance of the system. The project also included training on sanitation and hygiene to keep the water source clean — an essential factor in South Sudan, where only 10 percent of the population has access to safe sanitation, one of the world’s lowest rates. But the work is not done: Beyond Joppa, USAID plans to extend access to clean drinking water to half a million South Sudanese by 2021 through the construction or rehabilitation of additional water points and water distribution systems.

This photo essay appears in Global Waters, Vol. 10, Issue 2; for past issues of the magazine, visit Global Waters’ homepage on Globalwaters.org.

Global Waters

Global Waters tells the story of USAID's water-related…

Global Waters

Global Waters tells the story of USAID's water-related efforts around the globe, featuring in-depth articles exploring solutions to local as well as global water challenges, opinion pieces by development professionals, and first-hand accounts from stakeholders and beneficiaries.

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USAID and its partners improve access to clean water and safe sanitation to create a healthier and more #WaterSecureWorld. For more, visit Globalwaters.org.

Global Waters

Global Waters tells the story of USAID's water-related efforts around the globe, featuring in-depth articles exploring solutions to local as well as global water challenges, opinion pieces by development professionals, and first-hand accounts from stakeholders and beneficiaries.

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