Water, sanitation and hygiene

Putting young people at the heart of safe water, sanitation and good hygiene.

The global challenge

Every year, two million people die because of unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
In rural areas, women and girls often bear the burden of collecting water, spending their time walking long distances to reach unsafe water sources, instead of attending school or making a living.

Access to safe water and sanitation, along with good hygiene practice, is crucial to reducing disease and poverty, and ultimately saves lives.

Our approach

Our approach focuses on improving health and hygiene in communities, whilst contributing to positive change around gender equality, local governance, school attendance and environmental awareness.

Our goal

Long lasting access to, and use of, WASH facilities for 75,000 people.

Contributing to Global Goal:

Our activities

Volunteers work in partnership with local communities to deliver a wide range of activities, driven by the needs of the communities we work in.

Increasing access to safe water by:
  • building or restoring infrastructure like gravity fed water systems, tanks, piping and taps and training

  • supporting local youth as WASH entrepreneurs to establish businesses which provide low cost and safe water inputs.

Increasing access to facilities which support good hygiene and sanitation by:
  • Installing or repairing local sanitation facilities, like eco-latrines and girls’ washrooms

  • Training and supporting local youth as WASH entrepreneurs to establish businesses which provide low-cost hygiene and sanitation inputs

Increasing the long-lasting practice of safe hygiene behaviours by:
  • Improving knowledge of WASH behaviours that can keep people safe from water-borne illness

  • Applying the principles of behavioural science to awareness and media campaigns, training sessions, ‘nudge’ murals and signage

Ensuring that local WASH facilities and services are maintained and sustained for the future by:
  • Empowering youth and women to engage in the management of local WASH

  • Working with communities to improve the governance, management and maintenance of WASH services

Raleigh in action: Tanzania

In Tanzania, volunteers work alongside young women and men from the local community to inspire behaviour change.

Volunteers carry out needs assessments to identify barriers to behaviour change, deliver awareness days, establish tooth brushing clubs and carry out tippy-tap demonstrations. Volunteers also support the construction of simple solutions to a lack of safe water and sanitation facilities such as gravity fed water systems, water source protection and the eco-latrines.

We contribute to good governance through supporting communities to establish youth and women’s groups, encouraging them to work together effectively to ensure positive outcomes are sustained long after volunteers have finished placements.