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Water is the elixir of life, as the saying goes. But in southern countries, it is commonplace to have no or only very limited access to the most basic of all goods. The climate is hot and often very dry, rivers and water points carry little of it, a public supply does not exist in many countries, wells and pumps are scarce or in desolate condition. The water, which the population consumes by necessity, comes from holes in the ground and swampy areas or stands on the fields after rain. It is often polluted or hygienically dangerous - or, as in the case of South Sudan, it can also be poisoned by industrial raw material extraction. But not only in terms of quality, also in terms of quantity, the available water is often insufficient for consumption and for household use. According to the United Nations, about two billion people do not have clean and consistently available drinking water.

Drinking when thirsty, personal hygiene as needed, washing clothes, and keeping the household clean: for many people, meeting these basic essential needs is becoming a privilege. Irrigation in agriculture and watering of livestock are further requirements that often add to the difficulty. Sign of Hope is committed to providing clean drinking water to those most in need. By building or repairing drinking water wells in areas that are inadequately supplied, by capturing and securing mountain springs, extending piping systems, or constructing underground cisterns. This is done through our partner organisations in the desert of Ethiopia as well as in the mountains of Rwanda.

In direct context to water are also water-related hygiene and decent sanitation. The situation in our target countries here is mostly inadequate to extremely precarious. A lack of toilets has a direct negative impact on people's health and well-being. More than four billion people worldwide lack these important sanitary facilities. Together, we make it possible to build latrines and teach basic hygiene skills, as well as train hygiene multipliers and conduct information campaigns.

Integrated into our partners' projects as well as our own are always measures to build knowledge and self-reliance on the part of the beneficiary population: for example, water committees are formed to explain the technology to other community members and keep an eye on its proper use, disseminate information on the good and varied use of water, or collect small water fees with which they can make small repairs. Whether in preparation, implementation or operation, the projects become those of the people they benefit.

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Wasserversorgung in Haiti

Improved access to sanitary facilities

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Emergency assistance project in the Horn of Africa

In Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan, it has repeatedly failed to rain in recent years, leaving people suffering from acute hunger and water shortages. Climatic changes such as droughts have a direct impact on people's lives - livestock die because they cannot find enough food and water, agriculture...
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Improved living conditions in northern Kenya

Marsabit County is one of the poorest counties in Kenya and is severely affected by the effects of climate change. The population suffers from prolonged periods of drought, flooding and pest infestation. The project aims to improve living conditions and ensure food security for people in remote...
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Food security and peace for the people in the South Omo Zone

In the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples of Ethiopia (SNNPR) region in the southwest of the country, food is scarce due to climatic changes. Plants and animals alike are suffering. The emerging competition for the few resources also results in conflicts between different villages and...
Frau im Süden Äthiopiens

Securing food and water supply

The people of Bena Tsemay district in southern Ethiopia are threatened by poverty and the effects of climate change, they suffer from droughts that are only occasionally interrupted by floods. Poor infrastructure and a lack of awareness of the effects of climate change prevent them from...

Water for a better life

For about 60% of the inhabitants of Bukedea, Ngora and Kumi districts in Uganda, access to clean water and sanitation is a major challenge. The project will rehabilitate existing water sources and provide new ones as well as sanitation facilities in schools. These measures contribute to improving...
Schulungen zu Wasser in Sambia

Improved access to water and sanitation facilities

In northwestern Zambia, only about 60% of the inhabitants have access to clean drinking water and sanitary facilities. As a result, many children, especially girls, cannot go to school. The project aims to ensure a sustainable supply of drinking water and to educate people on the subject of hygiene.
Viele Kinder in Illeret sind mangel- oder sogar unterernährt. Durch die Dürre kommt es zu Nahrungsmittelknappheit und Tiere geben keine Milch mehr, welche die Kleinsten trinken könnten.

A stable diet in times of climate change

As a result of climate change, the Illeret region in northern Kenya is characterised by periods of drought. The rate of chronic food insecurity and malnutrition, especially among children, is significant. The project implemented by Hoffnungszeichen serves to improve water and food access in order to...

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