A million schools to celebrate Global Handwashing Day

More than one million schools across the globe are set to celebrate the 5th annual Global Handwashing Day on October 15. It is hoped that more than 200 million people in more than 100 countries will take part in the event, which has been organised by the Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing (PPPHW). In Latin America an attempt is being made to get one million people to wash their hands simultaneously to set a new record.

World Water Week – a view from the ground – day 5

An early start today at 8 am, when Barbara Frost, Water Aid’s CEO and myself headed to Stockholm Water Prize Laureates Seminar in the presence of His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, who has been a constant supporter of the World Water Week conference.

Protecting the Pantanal

Damian Fleming, Senior Freshwater Programme Manager at WWF-UK manages the HSBC Water Programme in the Pantanal.  He takes us behind the scenes with WWF in the Pantanal

What is the Pantanal?

The Pantanal is one of the largest and best-conserved wetlands in the world. Its unique flood pulse (that’s seasonal flood and drought cycles) help make it a haven for wildlife. In fact it’s home to close to 5,000 recorded species of water bird, plant, fish and reptile.  It also provides vast natural or ecosystem services, valued at $112 billion per annum.

A personal impression from World Water Week 2012 by Sara Banning, Earthwatch

Sara is based at Earthwatch in Oxford, UK, and is a member of the team developing learning materials for the Water Programme.

Bringing water to rural communities in northern Ghana

In Kulaa, a rural community of around 1,800 people in northern Ghana, collecting water is a daily challenge. Women and children can spend an average of five hours every day collecting water from a dirty pond. Paths are slippery, accidents are not uncommon, and many women complain of chest pains from the strain of carrying water.


Awulatu, 18, has fetched water for her family since she can remember: “When I wake up in the morning I wash dishes, fetch water twice, and then take my bath before coming to school. Sometimes I am late and get told off by the teacher.”