Some teams are already providing water access
Water. It has such an incredible impact on our lives yet we often take for granted turning a tap and having clean, fresh, safe water available right in our homes. But for women and children who live in developing countries and areas impacted by conflict and war, safe access to clean water can mean the difference between safety and trauma, peace and violence, even life and death.
With access to water, many of the social issues that these women and girls face daily are automatically solved: dramatic reduction in the sexual violence that occurs in remote areas where a creek or hand-dug well is located; near eradication of sexual exploitation by men who deliver water to disabled, pregnant, sick, or elderly women who can’t retrieve it from remote sources themselves; girls are in school on time instead of being late every day because they have to collect water for their families and they don’t miss school during menstruation because they can now attend to their personal hygiene needs; water-borne illnesses are vastly reduced which keeps children and adults healthier, and women have more time for economic pursuits that can help support their families and pay school fees for their children. All of these solutions, and more, arise from water access.
Since June 2015, Global Grassroots has been working with nine women-led teams who all know that if they have local access to water, their lives and the lives of girls and other women like themselves will change – for good. So far, six of those teams have completed construction on their water pipelines and huts where they are now selling water to their community and leading workshops and sensitizations on other social issues in their villages, such as domestic violence, HIV awareness, and women’s rights. These six teams can serve up to 3,000 people each. When all teams are operating, 30,000 people – mostly women and girls - will have safe water access right in their villages.
Two of our remaining women-led teams, Kindness and United, are ready to begin construction on their pipelines. In addition to providing water to their community of 3,000, Team Kindness plans to work with every household to educate them on the importance of water sanitization to reduce the incidence of disease from tainted water and non-sterilized jerricans. The team also plans to hold family planning workshops for 40 couples. Finally, Kindness will provide free water to the 20 most vulnerable households.
United’s 41 members will provide community water access to nearly 3,400 people. In addition, they are working with 100 local couples on gender balance, family planning, and domestic violence; the most troubled couples will receive regular mediation and training to help them improve their marriages. United also will provide free water to the ten most vulnerable households in their villages, including those too poor to pay for water and those whose health make it difficult to retrieve water even from a nearby source.
United and Kindness need your help to complete construction of their community water projects. Will you support one or both of these teams? Please think about how much you spend on bottled water each week and then consider donating that amount once a month to Global Grassroots through GlobalGiving. As a monthly donor, you can help these vulnerable women take all that they have learned through our Academy for Conscious Change and bring important social change – and life-changing water access – to their villages. Whatever amount you choose to give is important and deeply appreciated. We truly are grateful for your support!