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24 September 2021
Open Defecation Free Nigeria works to stop people from disposing of human waste in public areas by building public toilets. The organization has built 66 so far and manages a group of volunteers who educate residents ...
12 July 2021
The Feyisayo Sobowale Initiative (TFSI) works to address Period poverty, the lack of access to menstrual products by people who cannot afford them. In the four-hour training, TFSI distributes free sanitary products an...
19 March 2021
Artolution provides art education and supplies to Rohingya Survivors in Bangladesh refugee camps, all of whom experienced severe trauma, to create life-affirming and informative murals. Topics range from safe hygiene ...
2 March 2021
Siaya County, Kenya
To increase hygiene and sanitation practices, a community in Kenya has begun installing safe toilets (SaTos). Although not all can afford the SaTos and there are safety concerns if not installed properly, users have r...
From a Climate Correspondent
16 February 2021
Patemon, Java, Indonesia
Indonesian villagers were experiencing water shortages as natural springs started to dry up in part due to climate change, so they installed infiltration wells to collect and absorb rainwater. Not everyone, at first, ...
22 September 2020
Oregon, United States
Indigenous communities in need of clean drinking water have turned to aid from a Black-led nonprofit in Portland. Don't Shoot Portland raised $16,000 dollars for water and other basic supplies for the Warm Springs Tri...
4 September 2020
Under 800 Words
Although residents in Bangladesh were initially hesitant to take precautionary measures against COVID-19, once one county began reporting cases, the community took swift action. From implementing hand washing stations...
2 September 2020
In the 1940s, typhus spread throughout the community living within the Warsaw ghetto, but cases dramatically decreased in the winter of 1941. While some researchers remain unsure why, others point towards a change in ...
22 July 2020
Monument Valley, Utah, United States
Over 3000 Words
As the coronavirus spreads throughout the Navajo Nation, many people don’t have access to water to even wash their hands. For generations, the Navajo people have suffered with this lack of water infrastructure, but so...
16 July 2020
Kibra Green, a grassroots organization in Kenya, mobilizes the young people in the community to clean up their neighborhood. At times, the group has as many as 500 participants for a community-wide clean up. Yet, a la...
7 July 2020
In Kenya's rural communities and densely populated areas, accessing sanitation and hygiene methods can be difficult, but in one slum, a nonprofit organization has teamed up with a group of young men in the community t...
26 June 2020
Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya
The densely populated region of Kibera in Kenya has managed to slow the spread of Covid-19 and protect vulnerable residents despite facing "overcrowding and unhygienic conditions" due to communal and collaborative eff...
13 April 2020
Sacramento, California, United States
Under 800 Words
In Sacramento, a mobile shower unit is helping the city's homeless population stay clean and safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. Volunteers with the unit are also distributing fresh clothes and bagged lunches.
24 March 2020
Los Angeles, California, United States
In Los Angeles, city officials are working to repurpose recreational buildings to house those experiencing homelessness, in the hopes of containing the spread of coronavirus. The city and shelters are also partnering ...
San Francisco Public Press
23 March 2020
San Francisco, California, United States
In the Bay Area of California, organizations are repurposing their work and personal spaces to act as DIY pop-up hand sanitizer factories during the coronavirus pandemic. From donating the product to homeless shelters...
19 March 2020
Warren, Vermont, United States
Distilleries and pharmacies in Vermont have begun making hand sanitizer, in order to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Although this does take away from the typical function of the businesses and doesn't re...
16 March 2020
In Taiwan, a combination of "early intervention and a well-oiled command structure" have helped to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Measures such a public health hotline, temperature check points, enhanced hygi...
16 March 2020
Haiti has gone an entire year without any new reported cases of cholera, which is a significant accomplishment for the country that once faced 800,000 cases of the infectious disease. Although it's too soon to declare...
8 February 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
In Philadelphia, the Hub of Hope offers free shower and laundry services for people experiencing homelessness. The service, while acknowledging it won’t solve chronic housing insecurity, does help improve quality of l...
5 December 2019
Under 800 Words
Stanford University graduate Gayatri Datar founded a nonprofit called EarthEnable that aims to rid the world of dirt floors. EarthEnable sells an earthen floor covered with an environmentally friendly varnish at a cos...
8 October 2019
The simple addition of adding handles to bathroom stalls in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh has helped the camps' pregnant women regain a sense of empowerment and dignity. Providing support and balance, the d...
30 September 2019
Berkeley, California, United States
In Berkeley, where shelter for those experiencing homelessness is extremely difficult to come by, the nonprofit and advocacy group Lava Mae is partnering with the city to provide a dedicated space for personal hygiene...
26 September 2019
Bhutan has committed to eliminating malaria from the country, as in on track to do so thanks in part to the Bhutanese government's consistent persistence to raise public awareness. Arming citizens with mosquito nets, ...
12 September 2019
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Under 800 Words
In 2013, the United Nations deemed access to menstrual supplies a human right. Since then, Illinois has taken a number of steps to make access to these products even easier. This story includes solutions such as free ...
2 August 2019
Solar-powered pumps can improve access to clean water for displaced populations. The United Nation’s High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) program have sponsored the...
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