Two weeks ago, while traveling through Somaliland, a self-declared independent state in the north of Somalia, I heard many stories of drastic loss.
CARE's Water Work in Action
Tennis star Venus Williams recently visited Kenya to see how CARE and Procter & Gamble are partnering to help women provide clean drinking water for their families.
Why clean water?
Having access to basic clean water and a decent toilet saves children's lives, gives women a leg up in earning money and ensures a good food supply. But CARE's work on water isn't just about digging wells or building latrines. We work closely with women to lead their communities in changing critical local practices like hand washing. We work with government to make sure that they have the long-term political commitment, good policies and are allocating resources for lasting improvements. And we link with wider efforts in critical integrated efforts on nutrition, education and adaptation to climatic shocks.
CARE places emphasis on women in all of our water work. That's because impoverished women are disproportionately excluded from decisions regarding water's allocation and management. CARE provides women with equal decision-making power by including them in discussions on water and sanitation on the local, municipal and state levels. Women have more time for income-generating projects and school when they aren't spending hours each day hauling water. Access to safe water results in women spending less time caring for family members who would otherwise fall sick due to unsafe water. Also, improved sanitation can keep a girl in school by making facilities available to her when she reaches puberty.
STEAL THESE STATS
Share the facts about water.
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Learn about our water partnerships and alliances.
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Access to water leads to women’s empowerment.
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Read our report to find out.
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See how we're bringing clean water to homes in the Andean cloud forest.
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When clean facilities aren’t available at school, girls are more likely to drop out and get married.
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Previously unaware of how sanitation could change their lives, with CARE’s help, community members enthusiastically build their own latrines and make a collective push to make their communities Open Defecation Free. Women, in particular, lead this charge.
Even when clean water is available, unfair gender-related roles and expectations can prevent women and their families from benefitting. CARE worked with communities to identify and solve their own gender problems helping to ensure that women could play a stronger role in improving their communities.
Thinking Big: Using School Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Nationwide Change
Over 500 of you joined us in asking Congress to pass The Water for the World Act. In December, 2014 it passed!