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Argent : WASH United

4 novembre 2011

Silver Trophy

Location : Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Mali, Lesotho, Uganda, Tanzania.

• Project description:

Diarrheal diseases caused by dirty water, lack of toilets and poor hygiene kill more African children than HIV/AIDS, malaria and measles combined. WASH United uses the power of football and the role model status of football stars like Didier Drogba and Nwankwo Kanu to promote safe drinking WAter, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for all in Africa.

• Innovation:

WU is the first large-scale initiative that consequently uses football to address this crisis. – WU is a club: everyone – football stars, government Ministers, children in the slums of Accra, Bamako or Nairobi – becomes part of the same club, fighting for the same goal: safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for all. – WU is open source. Our cutting-edge football-based materials can be used by everyone.-

• Substainability:

More than 100 local partners – from government agencies to small grassroots initiatives – have joined WASH United at country level and work with our football-based approach. In Burkina Faso, for example, the government is in the process of including WASH United trainings in the primary school curriculum for all children in the country.

• Actual impact:

So far, almost 30,000 children have completed our football-based training in schools and youth football teams, learning life-saving WASH behavior – and committing to practice it. More than 25 million people have been reached through media campaigns raising awareness for the crucial importance of safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene.

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