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Water Security

Over the past two decades, access to clean water is one area which has seen significant progress worldwide. Even so, great disparities still exist in the world we live in today. An estimated 2 million people die per year due to waterborne diseases, of which the vast majority are children (Caritas Australia, 2014). Dysentery, cholera, typhoid and hepatitis A are amoungst the deadliest diseases linked to polluted water ways and poor sanitation practices.
The negative externalities of water availability extend beyond health concerns. Throughout the world it is commonly the duty of females to collect water for cooking, washing, bathing, animal care and crop irrigation. The walk to fetch water can be exhausting and time consuming. Not only does overexertion take its toll on the body, but the opportunity cost commonly compromises their school and leisure time.

Capacity Building
  • Category: Community development, Education, Health, Micro-enterprise, Water Security
  • Grant: $10,001 to $25,000
  • Target Group: Marginalised people, Orphans
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Zambia

Capacity Building

Poverty and HIV/AIDs in Zambia is causing an epidemic of abandoned, neglected or orphaned children as family means are stretched beyond breaking point. Parents and extended relatives simply cannot afford to feed, clothe and educate the younger generation so many turn to orphanages as a last resort.

Clean Water Projects
  • Category: Health, Water Security
  • Grant: < $10,000
  • Target Group: Any
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Myanmar

Clean Water Projects

Unimproved water sources in Myanmar compromise hygiene, sanitation and drinking water availability.  Unfiltered rivers and swamps are contaminated by human and animal waste, chemical pollutants and heavy metals which can quite often be fixed by simple low-technology solutions.

Community Empowerment
  • Category: Education, Life / Vocational Skilling, Micro-enterprise, Water Security
  • Grant: $10,001 to $25,000
  • Target Group: Marginalised people
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Sri Lanka

Community Empowerment

As humanitarian crises have lifted in Sri Lanka, national development has shifted its focus toward building a strong economic core in the private sector and diversifying rural livelihoods.  Demographic transition that has accompanied the drive toward middle-income country status now poses some challenges regarding aged dependency.

Community Uplift
  • Category: Agriculture & food security, Disability Inclusive, Health, Water Security
  • Grant: $25,001 to 75,000
  • Target Group: Ethnic minorities, People with Disabilities
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Tajikistan

Community Uplift

Across the rugged terrain of Tajikistan there are scattered communities in great need.  Disability is stigmatized, medical facilities are overrun, the employment base is narrow and drinking water is in short supply. 

Food and Water Security
  • Category: Agriculture & food security, Water Security
  • Grant: < $10,000
  • Target Group: Any
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Sudan

Food and Water Security

South Sudan is the world’s newest country having gained independence from Sudan in September 2011, but it didn’t come easily.  The country is taunted by ongoing civil conflict and religious persecution as more than 1 million nationals reside as refugees or internally displaced people.

Holistic Community Development
  • Category: Health, Life / Vocational Skilling, Water Security
  • Grant: $75,001 - $150,000
  • Target Group: Marginalised people
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: India

Holistic Community Development

In the quarry villages of rural India, poverty manifests in many ways.  It is therefore necessary to tackle the problem with a holistic community development approach, building capacity through participation in every way possible.

Holistic Community Development
  • Category: Education, Health, Water Security
  • Grant: $75,001 - $150,000
  • Target Group: Marginalised people
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Pakistan

Holistic Community Development

Government expenditure on defence and foreign debt servicing have been an enormous strain on the Pakistani budget, leaving only 1.9% spent on health and 2% on education. Healthcare is scarcely regulated and beyond affordability to much of the nation’s most vulnerable.  Likewise, the education sector is frail, with less than half of all students completing primary school.

Improved Water Research & Development
  • Category: Water Security
  • Grant: $10,001 to $25,000
  • Target Group: Any
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Myanmar

Improved Water Research & Development

Unimproved water sources in Myanmar compromise hygiene, sanitation and drinking water availability. Unfiltered rivers and swamps are contaminated by human and animal waste, chemical pollutants and heavy metals which can quite often be fixed by simple low-technology solutions.

Income Generation Programs
  • Category: Agriculture & food security, Education, Life / Vocational Skilling, Micro-enterprise, Water Security
  • Grant: $10,001 to $25,000
  • Target Group: Marginalised people
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Sri Lanka

Income Generation Programs

As humanitarian crises have lifted in Sri Lanka, national development has shifted its focus toward building a strong economic core in the private sector and diversifying rural livelihoods.  Positive demographic transition has accompanied the drive toward middle-income country status but now poses some challenges regarding aged dependency.

Public Health Initiative
  • Category: Health, Water Security
  • Grant: $10,001 to $25,000
  • Target Group: Any
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Indonesia

Public Health Initiative

As Indonesia is midway through epidemiological transition, its health system must strain under simultaneous burdens of infectious and degenerative illnesses.  Health inequity is a deep-seeded problem as locational disparities exist in institutional capacity, access to services and prevalence of disease.

Rescue and Emergency Relief
  • Category: Agriculture & food security, Education, Emergency Relief, Health, Social Enterprise, Water Security
  • Grant: $25,001 to 75,000
  • Target Group: Displaced people, Ethnic minorities
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Myanmar

Rescue and Emergency Relief

Ethnic tension is rampant in Burma.  Skewed spending on defence has stagnated economic growth and development indicators are ubiquitously dubious.  The government refuses basic services to some minorities and the military targets them in ruthless bouts of conflict.  An epidemic of statelessness has emerged whereby many Burmese are internally displaced or have taken refuge in neighbouring countries.

Water Tanks
  • Category: Water Security
  • Grant: $10,001 to $25,000
  • Target Group: Any
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Indonesia

Water Tanks

For many years the residents of a remote village in Indonesia have been walking across rugged terrain to collect water from a natural spring.    The return journey presents a burdensome and time-consuming test of endurance as the water load must be carried up a steep mountain face from sea level.

Well Constructions
  • Category: Water Security
  • Grant: < $10,000
  • Target Group: Any
  • Gender: Any
  • Age: Any
  • Country: Indonesia

Well Constructions

In rural West Papua, villagers are poorly informed about microscopic water borne diseases.  They cook from the same uncovered water hole that they clean and bath in which is closely positioned next to animal pens and sewerage zones.