Water & Sanitation
Access to clean water is a fundamental human right. Yet, thousands of poor people living in Matabeleland North are still facing the daily challenge of accessing safe water sources, spending countless hours queuing or trekking long distances, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water.
That’s why we’re focused on providing clean water and sanitation to every person in every community we work in, including the most vulnerable populations in the hardest-to-reach places. This work is more important now than ever, since clean water is essential for handwashing and disinfection to prevent the spread of diseases like COVID-19.
Water is central to almost every aspect of Ntengwe’s work: our humanitarian responses, our campaigns, and our long-term initiatives to help families improve their incomes, reduce their vulnerability to disasters, and defend their rights.
Water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation negatively impact health and food security, livelihood choices and educational opportunities for poor families living in the most isolated areas, especially for women and girls who spend endless hours fetching water over long distances.