High, dry, and thirsty
South America is home to the world’s highest waterfall, the largest river and rain forest, the longest mountain range, and the driest climate. The population of over 379 million exhibits a stark gap between rich and poor, mixing shacks and shantytowns with skyscrapers and luxury apartments. Throughout the continent, access to safe water and places to go to the bathroom are not consistently available. Despite the challenges of poor water supply and contamination, and project failure in places, the potential is great to make significant change.
Positive gains are being made across some regions in these countries. One area that must be acknowledged regarding solving the problem of project failure is the FLOW application. This online, open-source monitoring system allows a wide variety of people to input status on water points and sanitation, so that we can all see what works and what doesn't and improve things. Learn more about FLOW.