Inclusive WASH Solutions: Tackling India’s Caste Hierarchy

February 20, 2014  |  by

The detrimental effects of poor water quality and hygiene practices not only on people’s health, but also on their productivity and economic life are undeniable. Designing and implementing sustainable WASH solutions has thus formed one of our main focuses here at Gram Vikas. Our organisation predominantly operates in the eastern Indian state of Orissa and…

Helmsley Charitable Trust Awards $10 Million for WASH Initiatives in West Africa

February 14, 2014  |  by

Catholic Relief Services has announced three grants totaling more than $10 million from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust in support of efforts to improve sanitation and access to clean water and health care in two West African nations. One of the grants will support efforts in Ghana to build a hundred and twenty low-cost child-friendly latrines…

H&M Conscious Foundation Awards $27.9 Million to UNICEF, WaterAid, and CARE

February 14, 2014  |  by

The H&M Conscious Foundation, the Stockholm-based philanthropic arm of clothing retailer H&M, has announced grants totaling SEK 180 million (approximately $27.9 million) to three international relief organizations in support of early education initiatives, efforts to improve access to clean water, and initiatives to strengthen women’s rights around the world. The grants include $9.3 million to WaterAid and its local partners in…

Humanitarian Innovation Fund Announces New WASH Initiative

January 28, 2014  |  by

Boy, 11, uses Tippy Toppy in Indonesia. Credit: Jim Holmes, Oxfam GB The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), a grantmaking fund designed to support organizations in developing new technologies to make humanitarian aid more effective, has launched a new initiative to encourage innovation in emergency water, sanitation and hygiene. With support from the UK Department for…

IKEA Foundation Awards $6.3 Million to Water.Org

January 24, 2014  |  by

Water.org has announced a $6.3 million (€ 4.7 million) grant from the IKEA Foundation in support of its efforts to provide access to safe water and sanitation for a hundred and eighty thousand people in Bangladesh. The grant will help fund two Water.org programs — WaterCredit, a microfinance program that provides families with small loans to meet their water and sanitation needs, and the New Ventures…

WaterAid Announces $2 Million Gates Foundation Grant

January 17, 2014  |  by

WaterAid America in New York City has announced a three-year, $2 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in support of advocacy efforts on behalf of millions of people living without toilets or sanitation facilities. The organization will use the grant to support initiatives to increase access to basic sanitation services led by the governments of…

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