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About GIWA

Since the dawn of history, faith has provided a foundation from which social norms develop. It is to faith leaders that billions are drawn to in times of joy and sorrow, as well as in the search for inner meaning. As teachers to the masses, the words of faith leaders motivate, persuade and enable. Through their speech and actions, they can bring about change in ways that others, quite simply, cannot.

An estimated 5 billion people across the world are members of religious communities, underscoring the critical role religious leaders can play in addressing seemingly intractable problems – such as access to safe water and sanitation. The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) is world’s first initiative that is engaging the planet’s many faiths as allies in efforts to create a world where every human being has access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation and proper hygiene.

Launched by UNICEF at UNICEF World Headquarters under sponsorship of the  Government of the Netherlands and USAID, GIWA envisions a water-secure world in which safe and sustainable drinking water and improved sanitation will be accessible for all.

Mission, Vision & Values

The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) is world’s first initiative that is engaging the planet’s many faiths as allies in efforts to create a world where every human being has access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation and proper hygiene. GIWA envisions a water-secure world in which safe and sustainable drinking water and improved sanitation will be accessible for everyone everywhere

Mission

GIWA’s mission is to help create a world where improved water, sanitation and hygiene will be in reach of every human being. In so doing, GIWA intends to draw inspiration from historical guideposts and modern advances to galvanize unprecedented collaborative action among the world’s religious and spiritual traditions, governments, international organizations, businesses, and civil society.

Vision

A water-secure world in which universal access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation and proper hygiene will be achieved by inspiring and equipping spiritual leaders and civil society to collaborate across faiths, nations, and peoples for the health and well-being of all.

Values

  • Collaboration
  • Service to the Under-Represented and Excluded
  • Peace-Building
  • Ecological Stewardship
  • Sustainability
  • Transparency
  • Equality
  • Mutual Respect
  • Inspiration
  • Open Dialogue