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TWF believes that access to clean drinking water, sanitation and improved hygiene is a core requirement to supporting the sustainable development of a community. Without access to these basic resources people can spend significant time each day collecting water, whilst water-borne diseases will remain prevalent. This can significantly restrict an individual’s ability to gain an education or contribute towards household income-generation. This has a particularly damaging impact on women and girls because of their traditional household role in many cultures.

TWF believes that safe sanitation and good hygiene is of equal importance to access to a clean water source.  The Foundation is keen to support programmes which take an integrated approach to addressing access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

We recognise that there is a need for improved water, sanitation and hygiene in institutions, as well as in communities. Where projects are working in school environments, they should consider the needs of girls and women, and specifically seek to address menstrual hygiene management as part of any project. In a school setting this should include appropriate latrine facilities for girls and female teachers, as well as increasing students’ understanding about menstruation and their access to sanitary products.

Examples of organisations which TWF has previously supported under our Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programme can be found here.


In addition to demonstrating how your project aligns with TWF’s position (above), strong applications will demonstrate:

  • Significant direct contribution to the project from the beneficiary community
  • Strong volunteer input from Trustees and supporters
  • The positive impact of your previous work within WASH and/or evidence to support the efficacy of your intervention  
  • Sustainable model of project delivery
  • How the proposed project meets a significant unmet need
  • diversity of funding sources for your organisation (and/or or a sustainable fundraising strategy beyond TWF).





Last updated Saturday 22 May, 2021