Water Projects

WASH - What is that

Drinking water - Sanitation - Hygiene

The provision of sufficient amounts of drinking water, and in acceptable quality, is becoming increasingly problematic for private households, agriculture and industry worldwide.

It's the world's economically poorest who suffer the most under the increasing shortage of water resources. Half the population in developing countries - around 2.5 billion people - live without sanitation and around 900 million people do not have sustainable access to clean, safe water.

The main causes for pollution and scarcity of natural water resources are:

  • Lack or non-existent water protection and pollution control,
  • insufficient sanitation,
  • harmful substances from industry and agriculture,
  • overexploitation of existing sources,
  • climate change and
  • extreme weather conditions.

Additionally, water polluted by faeces cause many waterborne diseases, which kill around 1.9 million people each year; an additional 1.2 million die from malaria.

Welthungerhilfe sees the growing global problem in terms of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) as a central challenge to overcome poverty and hunger. Improved access to water and sanitation are the main goals in order to ameliorate health of the people in the project area; but it will also improve the economic circumstances and the environment.



On 11th February 2013 Viva con Agua comes back to Uganda, to take a look at the progress of the project region Lira, in the north of the country and to visit our friends in this region, the capital Kampala and of the ‘Welthungerhilfe’.

The Viva con Agua tour group consists of our friends and longtime supporters Marteria (musician), Maeckes (musician), Paul Ripke (photographer) and Rainer Jilg (TV presenter ZDFkultur). Michael Fritz (founding member of VcA) and Marcel Eger (donator of VcA Foundation) will be representing Viva con Agua.

To bring the projects of the ?Welthungerhilfe? and Viva con Agua and their focus on ?water, sanitation, hygiene? (WASH) to a wider public, and to show the sense of long term aimed development projects to the audience, a team of the German public broadcasting company ZDF is part of the whole journey and will produce a report, which will be screened in two parts starting in June on ZDFkultur.

The focus of this visit is the importance of wells. Their functionality will be explained and the water committees in charge of the different wells will present their important work. The glaring contrast between the life conditions with and without access to clean drinking water is one of the central themes of the first part of the report of the journey, which is called ?Wasser? (German for water).



New project in Asia from March 2011 to February 2015: Integrated watermanagement to fight poverty in Bundelkhand, Bihar and Jharkhand.

A new water management project is starting concurrently in three states in Northern India.

The project's aim is to supply disadvantaged groups of society with water in the states of Bundelkhand, Bihar and Jharkhand. This way, both the health and economic situations are improved for people in the region.

Building drinking water sources, sanitary facilities as well as irrigation systems will increase crop yields and improve hygiene in these parts of India, which belong to the economically poorest.

The main focus of the project are climate change and environmental degradation and their inevitable impact on the people. The planned project will affect around 30000 small scale and subsistance farmers.

Project time: March 2011 to February 2015

Viva con Agua contribution: 217000 Euros

Seven Euros will give one person in the project area sustained access to water!



Viva con Agua brings clean water to Rwanda