100 stories from the Civil Society WASH Fund

Over 100 stories have now been shared from the Civil Society WASH Fund partner Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). These stories demonstrate the diverse and far-reaching impact CSO projects have had. They celebrate everything from how individual’s lives have been changed with access to an improved and safe toilet, through to the leadership being displayed by youth groups and local community leaders, to successful government partnerships to improve WASH.

For the past two years Fund CSOs have shared stories through Postcards from the Field. They began with Mrs Phan and her family sharing their story of life without access to a toilet and how accessing a smart subsidy through iDE Cambodia’s Fund project allowed them to purchase a toilet, improving their family health and removing the shame of open defecation.

Earlier this year we reached our 100th story of change from Mwakhiwa village in Malawi. The community enjoys multiple effects of safe water access after they upgraded their local water well with the assistance of United Purpose. There is increased school attendance, improved community health and a reduction in the time women spend collecting water.

These stories span the Fund’s 29 projects, across 19 countries, highlighting the human impact of the work achieved over the past five years. The Australian Red Cross is our most active storyteller, with 16 stories shared over the past two years; iDE closely follows with 15 stories.

Here are some of the highlights from our Postcards from the Field:

In South Asia

Nurul was able to expand his business following extensive training he received after he was enlisted as a Commercial Service Provider for the Community Development Initiative (CDI) 2 WASH Program, implemented by the Bangladesh Red Crescent.

With support from the Nepal Red Cross Society Sirjana, a young woman from Bajhang, Nepal has made it her business to make and sell reusable sanitary pads. Her business is helping women in her community achieve more hygienic menstrual practices and increase their knowledge of menstrual health care.

The long-term collaboration between SNV Bhutan and the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement supported the commissioning of Bhutan’s first ever faecal sludge treatment plant.

Shova is a Female Community Health Volunteer in Salyan District in the Mid-Western Province of Nepal. With support from the SNV’s Fund project, Shova is part of a movement assisting communities to achieve Total Sanitation.

In Southeast Asia

In Cambodia Mrs Chin Sunly and Mr Chey Vanna have seen their latrine and shelter sales increase to 90 per cent of their revenue since they started working with iDE four years ago. The demand for toilets and their training and partnership with iDE has allowed them to send their daughters to university. 

What does strengthening the enabling environment look like day-to-day? Plan International Indonesia’s Fund project provides an example of this through its support of the Government of Indonesia’s Community-Based Total Sanitation ( STBM) approach.

In Southern Africa

Following World Vision Zimbabwe’s work to pave pathways and ramps around his school, Noah can now access the student toilet blocks and classroom with ease in his wheelchair.

At 85 years old Enoch is not afraid to innovate. With the assistance of United Purpose he has built an eco-san toilet on his property in Malawi that withstands the wet season and provides a safe fertiliser for his maize crop.

In the Pacific

In Papua New Guinea, WaterAid in partnership with mWater is using simple smart phone technology to support the management and monitoring of water quality in low-resource areas.  


You can read all our Postcards from the Field here


Photo credit: iDE Cambodia