Collaboration for Change
IWSH serves as a bridge for the International Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Community with specific focus on the role of the Plumbing Industry in community collaborations and educational exchange. The vision of IWSH is to promote access to improved water and sanitation services in underdeveloped or water stressed parts of the world by building the capacity of these sectors. IWSH will build partnerships that take the next step in the development of standardized systems that can be replicated globally, and accompanied by training that will build communities. Across the world, IWSH connects technical experts with local community networks to develop and embed real skills in the design, management, and long-term sustainable maintenance of water and waste systems.
The planned activities for the IWSH incorporates several trends and initiatives underway in the plumbing industry, including:
- Field Projects: Create and expand uniquely developed projects throughout water-stressed countries to enhance washroom, sanitation, and hygiene through smart, simple improvements with data driven results focused on real-world impact.
- Public education: IWSH staff and volunteers will help grow the public discourse on the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene by promoting efforts such as World Plumbing Day and World Water Day.
- Technical assistance: IWSH will seek to partner with relevant government ministries and agencies in these countries to help identify international regulatory that can be adapted to the needs of the host government and implemented at the national and local levels.
- Workforce development: By developing curricula and other materials to teach best technical practices for development and implementation of adequate water and sanitation systems, IWSH will work to promote a vibrant workforce.
- Water and sanitation related research: IWSH will support and promote research that identifies solutions to delivering water and sanitation services from their areas of treatment to their points of utilization (The Last Mile).
- Natural Disaster Relief: In the wake of natural disasters, IWSH will work to identify volunteers with technical experience to aid in rebuilding efforts. Many recent natural disasters – e.g., Hurricane Katrina, Haiti tsunami, Nepal earthquake – destroy access to clean water and sanitation facilities.
- Essay Scholarship Contests: IWSH will build interest in the next generation of professionals by creating opportunities for students and educators to engage on water, sanitation and hygiene topics by hosting essay contests on these topics. Click for more information on this year's topic: "How would you promote the IWSH projects and what slogan would you use do to so?" and how to submit an essay.