GRACE Cares partners the GuateBuena Association (formerly Community Finance Guatemala) and the Watha Project in Kenya are seeking to implement community empowerment projects in their under-served communities. GuateBuena's Reproductive Well-Being program will help 350 women with their menstrual health and family planning while the Watha Project, working with village elders and volunteers, will build its sixth well to provide clean and safe water to hundreds of Watha.
Without access to crucial family planning and menstrual health information and resources, Indigenous Maya women in Guatemala have unwanted pregnancies and suffer from preventable health problems while using expensive disposable menstrual care products. In Kenya, 59% of the population has access to basic water services, and 9.4 million, including the Watha tribe, collect their water from contaminated sources. Beyond the disease-ridden water, the Watha also face the danger of crocodile attacks.
This project will offer technical assistance and material support to the GuateBuena Association (Guatemala) and the Watha Project (Kenya) to carry out their important community empowerment efforts. With GRACE Cares' support, GuateBuena will implement their Reproductive Well-Being program to help 350 Indigenous Maya women with their menstrual health and family planning needs; and the Watha Project will build its sixth well to serve hundreds in need of a clean and safe water source.
These community empowerment projects will have a profound effect on the recipients. The Reproductive Well-Being program is designed to benefit women along all five of the important axes: physical, economic, ecological, emotional, and spiritual well-being. For the Watha tribe in Kenya, this sixth well will have a tremendous impact on their health and well-being. Among other important benefits, the Watha's ability to access clean and safe water from a centrally-located well will save lives.