Creating Clean Water For All
We work with communities to design the most appropriate water and sanitation solution for that community based on an environmental assessment and what the community wants. Potable water is an essential component in our fight against malnutrition. Water-borne illnesses such as diarrhea can be fatal, especially to children suffering from chronic malnutrition. Sanitary and hygienic homes offer healthier environments for families. For this reason, we educate families on the importance of hand washing, using latrines, and removing waste water from homes via our gray water filtration system. Potable water and efficient stoves lessen the need for firewood, thereby decreasing deforestation and erosion. Water no longer has to be boiled and less firewood is needed for cooking. Improved indoor air quality due to efficient cook stoves saves lives; the World Health Organization reported 4.3 million deaths in 2012 that were attributable to indoor air pollution, 19,000 in the Americas alone.
Women and children are the traditional water bearers and wood gatherers in these communities, spending several hours a day on these tasks. Without these responsibilities, girls can stay in school, and women have more control over their time. Keeping girls in school is a long-term objective in increasing women’s autonomy in the home. As women are empowered to make decisions about time allocation in the home nutrition improves for the whole family.