Illness, natural disasters, and other humanitarian crises disproportionately affect those living in poverty. When emergencies strike, Global Partners works directly with local leaders and communities to provide assistance and save lives. Local people know best how to serve their communities, and our Emergency Funds enables us to empower and support them in times of crisis.
785 million people worldwide lack access to clean water. Over 800 children die each day from preventable diseases caused from a lack of clean water and safe, adequate sanitation. Global Partners responds to communities with water needs through WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) projects that provide clean water infrastructure, assistance in water management and sustainability, sanitation facility improvement, and hygiene education.
The Emergency Fund enables Global Partners to respond quickly to immediate, urgent WASH needs in communities and schools.
Global Partners occasionally comes across schools that need immediate assistance due to their dire needs. For example, Kotieno Primary School’s roof was blown off during a storm, and the special needs students were sleeping on the floor since the school had no beds for them. With the help of our generous donors, Global Partners funded a new roof, installed special latrines for students with disabilities, and purchased beds and mattresses for the students at this Kenyan School.
Unfortunately, these types of situations are all too common. Our staff and partners are approached by schools whose only useable latrines are in danger of collapse, whose walls are literally falling down, and even those who have been officially condemned. Our Emergency Fund allows us to immediately respond to schools with extremely dangerous conditions to ensure that the schools remain open.