CARRYING WATER IS PART OF GENDER INEQUALITY
In Africa 90% of the work of gathering water & wood is done by women.
Women are also primarily responsible for the household and for food preparation. Providing access to safe water close to home can dramatically reduce women’s workloads, and free up time for other economic activities. For their daughters, this time can be used to attend school.
IMPROVING GIRLS’ FUTURE
Women & girls often spend 3-5 hours a day fetching water. Reducing the distance to a water source from even 30 minutes to 15 minutes increased girl’s school attendance by 12% according to a study in Tanzania.
PROVIDING DIGNITY & OPPORTUNITY
Reduced time, health, and care-giving burdens from improved water services give women more time for productive endeavours, adult education, empowerment activities, and leisure.
Involving women in the development & ongoing management of water projects brings empowerment, encourages political presence through profiled decision making & can increase water project effectiveness 6 to 7 times.
Uru East safe water is a community managed clean water source that does not require boiling for safety. It is good water right from the public tap! This means women are saved time and the environment and trees are spared too, since wood and fire making for water boiling is no longer needed.