Water projects – it sounds simple, but is so versatile! We support projects in various Viva con Agua countries and pursue the WASH approach. In addition, we were able to develop many other creative approaches which support the success of our projects. We collaborate with many local and international partner organizations.
… is the abbreviation for water, sanitation, hygiene. All supported projects are based on this triad. The interaction of WASH components supports the long-term and sustainable success of the individual project activities.
The spread of the virus is a huge challenge, also in our supported project regions. We are therefore in constant contact with our partner organizations on site. With regard to COVID-19, some project activities are becoming more important while others have taken a back seat. Our partner organizations are currently focusing even more on hand-washing facilities and the promotion of hygiene measures.
We support most projects on the African continent. Our focus is on projects in Uganda, Ethiopia, Mozambique and South Africa. We maintain professional and personal relations with these countries and our local partner organizations, some of which have existed for many years.
One WASH in Uganda
Since 2014, Viva con Agua has been supporting projects in the KARAMOJA REGION and since 2018 in the WEST NILE REGION of Uganda.
The learnings and experiences gained with the long-standing project partners Welthungerhilfe and with
Viva con Agua Uganda are now flowing into an integrated WASH program. It continues the work in both regions in equal measure and combines it under the name ONE WASH PROGRAM UGANDA.
The main objective of the programme is to increase access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for around 50 COMMUNITIES in Karamoja and West Nile, as well as to sustainably strengthen the WASH and service sectors and preserve natural water catchments.
In addition to a strong focus on infrastructural measures, such as the construction of a total of 18 NEW WELLS or the rehabilitation of a total of 130 WELLS, School WASH clubs are being set up at around 60 SCHOOLS and the students are being supported by the UL4BC
(UNIVERSAL LANGUAGES FOR BEHAVIOR CHANGE) that joyfully inspire, activate and motivate to a hygiene- and health-conscious lifestyle.
TOILETS AND WASHROOMS are being built at schools and in small local hospitals, and cooperation with local district administrations, craftsmen and mechanics is to be strengthened, expanded and improved through targeted training and workshops.
South Africa WINS in South Africa
The WASH project in the Eastern Cape Province is the first project implemented by Viva con Agua independently in South Africa, together with Viva con Agua South Africa and other local partners.
The implementation of the WASH project is supported by the local partners Ripples for Good and Bulungula Incubator.
Viva con Agua South Africa is responsible for project
management and quality assurance. In addition, we will of course contribute our expertise in the area of UNIVERSAL LANGUAGES APPROACH and look for ways and methods to communicate the subject of WASH joyfully and effectively!
CloudFisher in Tanzania
Viva con Agua supports an alternative water harvesting
technology: the CLOUDFISHER. These are fog nets that collect and store MOISTURE FROM THE AIR .
The nets made of three-dimensional textile fabric (PSE) with a sturdy plastic support grid (HDPE) – all UV-stable and food-safe – have a lifespan of 10 years and can draw up to 1,000 LITRES OF WATER PER DAY FROM THE AIR.
In areas where groundwater is in short supply (both in drought regions and in the highlands), CloudFisher can still ensure a SUSTAINABLE WATER SUPPLY.
Viva con Agua – together with its partner organizations – has reached around 3,6 million people (as of: April 2021) worldwide through WASH projects
These people were provided with access to clean drinking water, sanitary and hygiene facilities as well as trainings and education.
John’s Rig in Ethiopia
Engagement in 5 districts of the East Gojam Zone in the State Amhara with a total of 210 construction measures in the field of DRINKING WATER SUPPLY (source edges, deep wells, flat wells) as well as the construction of 36 LATRINE BLOCKS and comprehensive HYGIENE TRAININGS.
Viva con Agua has been involved in the design of the water project from the very beginning and sees itself not only as a financial sponsor, but also as an IDEA PROVIDER and a link between the different parties involved.
During the course of the project, Viva con Agua will have the opportunity to together with all project participants of the developments learn locally and constantly OPTIMATE the project.
WASH’N’SOUL in Zambia
Our project partners are the NGO BORDA and the social
business soulbottles. The project aims towards making
the human right to water and sanitation a reality
through sustainable access to water, sanitation and
hygiene (WASH) services while at the same time establishing and incorporating structures and concepts
for waste management, social entrepreneurship and
Water towers in Mozambique
The project builds on the experience of several previous projects.
The first phase of the present “Oratta Project” focused on WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS in small towns. In four district capitals 4 WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS were newly constructed.
WASH Self-supply in Sierra Leone
Viva con Agua, Welthungerhilfe and SEND combine the
innovative EMAS TECHNOLOGY with SANITATION
MARKETING and MICRO-CREDITS.
EMAS is a technology for the manual excavation of boreholes, which is suitable due to the sandy soil condition that Bonthe Island offers.
Each household in the community drills its own well. The people thus have a SECURE SUPPLY OF DRINKING WATER, completely independent of the public supply.
MICRO-CREDITS are given to enable people to buy materials for construction and to maintain the wells. At the same time, Self-Help Groups and Credit Associations are being set up to jointly manage the loans and thus contribute to SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.
Youth4Water in Simbabwe
The main objective of the WASH project is TO IMPROVE THE LIVING CONDITIONS of communities in KweKwe by creating SUSTAINABLE ACCESS TO SAFE DRINKING WATER AND BASIC SANITATION.
A special focus is on GIRLS AND WOMEN IN SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES and on the subject of “MENSTRUAL HYGIENE MANAGEMENT” (MHM). The stigma surrounding MHM has a negative impact on girls’ school attendance and EMPOWERMENT. Menstruation is still shameful and leads to social exclusion.
In addition to the construction of wells and sanitary facilities, AWARENESS, TRAINING AND EDUCATION are therefore a priority. These components are intended to promote social ACCEPTANCE INCREASE OF MHM.
Water for Ijaji Town in Ethiopia
In Ijaji, only 18.7 % of the population had access to clean drinking water two years ago. Thirty years ago, a deep well was drilled in the village, which can only partially supply the now rapidly growing population.
The majority fetches water from unprotected water points, such as the river, where the cattle also drink, for drinking, cooking and washing. The result is frequent diarrhoeal diseases, which can be life-threatening, especially for small children.
WASH Systems Strengthening in Kenya
Viva con Agua and Welthungerhilfe have chosen a SYSTEMSTRENGTHENING APPROACH in the WASH area. This means that we CONSIDER ALL COMPONENTS OF A WASH SYSTEM from the areas of governance, politics, institutions, legislation, accountability, finance, water resources and the environment, infrastructure for the provision of services, monitoring, reporting, knowledge management and much more.
Solar water disinfection in India
Families and households are familiarized with the SODIS (Solar Water Disinfection) method and are protected by the use of so called “solar water”.
WADI, solar-powered measuring devices for determining UV radiation, even able to RELIABLY FILTER CONTAMINATED WATER.
Unlike usual, glass bottles are used here instead of PET bottles.
The training sessions are accompanied by further HYGIENE TRAINING, the involvement of local multipliers, interest groups and initiatives, and high-profile ART AND MUSIC CAMPAIGNS.
Sustainable WASH Services in Nepal
The rural region of the districts SIRAHA AND SAPTARI is located in the southeast of Nepal, around 300km away from the capital Kathmandu.
The majority of the Nepalese population has SECURE ACCESS TO DRINKING WATER (more than 90%). However, ACCESS TO BASIC SANITATION IS STILL A MAJOR CHALLENGE: 44% do not have access to appropriate basic sanitation.
In the project region the situation is even more challenging: more than 80% OF THE HOUSEHOLDS OBTAIN THEIR DRINKING WATER FROM SHALLOW WELLS (i. e. groundwater close to the surface), which are subject to an increased risk of contamination.
Almost 80% of households do not have toilets and 60% of schools do not have clean drinking water or basic sanitation.
What’s WASH? How are water projects being selected and funded? You’ll find answers within our WASH-FAQ.
When people and technology meet, development cooperation projects face special challenges. One thing’s for sure: Wells are not everything, but without wells, all is nothing! For this reason, we promote and develop holistic project approaches that go beyond the mere provision of hardware (besides wells, this also includes toilets, hand-washing facilities etc.) and contribute to the long-term operation of these facilities. Viva con Agua is constantly developing and consistently optimizing project quality in order to turn donations into an investment in sustainability and the improvement of projects.
WASH projects are complex . Therfor we support new approaches for an sustainable and longlasting design of projects within our WASH strategy: