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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Synergy for water now

Non-governmental organization (NGO)

    H2O4ALL recognizes that health inequalities are best addressed using a life course approach (Halfon & Hochstein, 2002). This approach recognizes that health status at any age is influenced by current circumstances and “prior living circumstances, in utero onwards” (Kawachi, 2002, p. 650). The most effective way to empower women and girls is to encourage a safe and healthy early life environment—a strong determinant of their health and well-being as adults. H2O4ALL continues undertaking projects both serving and advocating for the health and rights of women and girls, underlining the organization’s priorities in choosing its partners and projects.

    H2O4ALL’s strategy towards achieving the greatest impact is through education, training and community engagement. We provide the tools that allow communities to take ownership of their water needs and leadership in developing solutions. Through our ground partnerships H2O4ALL collaborates with local community members, government authorities, and faith communities to identify water-related needs, select beneficiaries, and implement project activities. H2O4ALL initially engages with local council leaders, religious leaders, and opinion leaders in the community to build trust and a deep understanding of their water-related needs. After jointly identifying how safe water can best be delivered, community members are trained to assist with the water project’s installation and maintenance once completed. These collaborations and partnerships enable H2O4ALL to reach the most vulnerable communities highly effectively and sustainably.

    As part of H2O4ALL’s work, we have undertaken health impact assessments, social surveys, environmental scans, and rigorous testing of our technologies in partnership with local universities. From these experiences, we now have tested tools to evaluate and monitor our work. The project implementation checklist collects detailed information on a) availability of improved water sources (and 5 liters per person per day according to WHO/UNICEF guideline standards), the economic and physical costs (e.g., the average distance traveled) of water collection, the adequacy of equitable sanitation for all with special attention given to needs of women and girls, and any available health programming on hygiene and sanitation. To assess the short-term impact (6 month) of the project, our project partners will be tasked with tracking activity progress against set indicators (e.g., gallons of water delivered to each ward, water quality, days missed at school due to illness). Additionally, H2O 4 ALL will conduct an in-person site visit six months and one year after the projects have been implemented. The midterm evaluation will focus on: a) the determination of levels of achievement and b) actions for going forwards.

    To assess the long-term impact (1 year afterward), H2O 4 ALL will prioritize in-person site visits. Our project partners will be responsible for providing report updates and continuing maintenance on the water systems as needed. Additionally, at the one-year mark, H2O 4 ALL will explore possible expansion and improvement opportunities at the project site and neighbouring areas. The organization will have established relationships with community members and want to continue supporting significant water needs.

    Expected Impact

    At H2O4ALL, we state that water is essential for human well-being, environmental sustainability, and economic development. It is also a cross-cutting issue that is directly linked to SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation). Therefore, improving access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services, promoting sustainable water management practices, and protecting water resources can simultaneously positively impact several SDGs.

    We believe that through our action of a community-based approach to the implementation of safe water and WaSH initiatives, we can work together to help accelerate SDG implementation and address interlinkages, including:

    1. Integrating water management and community-led solutions on a village and community level, we can influence government leaders with their plans and policies: We would be advocating for the incorporation of water-related issues into the development planning of communities, districts, and countries can ensure that water resources are sustainably managed and used to promote economic growth, social development, and environmental sustainability.

    2. Our safe water and WaSH initiatives will directly Improve access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene: By improving access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene, countries can improve health outcomes, reduce poverty, increase economic productivity, and promote gender equality.

    3. Our initiatives will also be educational with our on-the-ground partners to enhance water-use efficiency: By promoting water-use efficiency in agriculture, industry, and households, countries can reduce water scarcity, increase food security, and promote sustainable economic growth.

    4. Lastly, as we work alongside villages and communities, we will be protecting and restoring water ecosystems: By protecting and restoring water ecosystems, countries can preserve biodiversity, mitigate climate change, and improve water quality.

    Goal 6

    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

    Goal 6


    By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all


    Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services


    By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations


    Proportion of population using (a) safely managed sanitation services and (b) a hand-washing facility with soap and water


    By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally


    Proportion of domestic and industrial wastewater flows safely treated


    Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality


    By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

    Change in water-use efficiency over time


    Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources


    By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate


    Degree of integrated water resources management 


    Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation


    By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes

    Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time


    By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies

    Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan


    Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management


    Proportion of local administrative units with established and operational policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management

    Name Description

    Implement 1800 home scale safe water wash initiatives

    Implement 104 medium scale safe water wash initiatives

    Implement 59 large scale community wide safe water wash initiatives

    Financing (in USD)
    Staff / Technical expertise
    Engineer, Technical, Lawyer, Project Managers, Hydrologist, Plumbers, Electrician
    In-kind contribution
    water equipment, water analyses equipment, disinfection equipment, technical expertise
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    01 January 2023 (start date)
    31 December 2030 (date of completion)
    1. Africa
    2. Latin America and the Caribbean
    3. Global
    Other beneficiaries

    Children, women, and men are direct beneficiaries in vulnerable communities in low to mid-income countries. Projects will include small home-scale projects for the elderly and extended family members (20ppl), medium-scale projects for clinics, schools, and outreach centres (1000ppl), and large-scale community projects for entire communities (1000-10,000ppl). By 2030 we expect to additionally impact 435,000 people; 36,000 individuals through home-scale projects, 104,000 through medium-scale projects, and 295,000 through community-wide initiatives.

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    Dominican Republic
    Dominican Republic
    Contact Information

    Timothy Muttoo, Cofounder, Chief Technology and Public Health Officer