IT'S A NEW DAWN
IT'S A NEW DAY
Let's look back at the lives of women before the community partners with Water Underground.
Women walk several miles, multiple times each day to retrieve unsafe water because they have no choice. They walk on this journey for 5-6 hours every single day of their lives. That adds up to 3 months of every year fetching water.
IMAGINE IF YOU HAD
1/4 OF YOUR LIFE BACK?
Water Underground projects are rooted in women’s empowerment. We work heavily with the women and girls in each community, encourage the emergence of female leaders, educate in women’s health, and challenge women to take hold of that newly found precious time back. THIS IS THEIR NEW DAY, and each woman deserves to be empowered and equipped to do whatever she has dreamed of.
FOR US, AND FOR THE WORLD,
THIS IS BEAUTIFUL.
Hear them Roar
WATER UNDERGROUND PROJECTS ARE ROOTED IN WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT
Women are no longer burdened
by having to walk 2-3 miles multiple times per day to collect water from an unsafe water source and gain up to 6 hours per
day of their lives back.
Our projects create an avenue for new
female leadership opportunities in the Committees. Our committees are more than half women, and that’s not an
Women now have time to further their
education and learn new trades and skills. Private girls’ sanitation facilities in the school mean that girls can attend school during menstruation and no longer feel shame,
embarrassment or fear.
With all the possibilities that come from
having clean water, with learning new skills, and furthering their education, women have a better opportunity than ever before to generate their own income and participate in their local economy, all the while helping lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
Women’s ideas and input are strongly
nurtured during Water Underground training. We create an environment during training encouraging new ideas. This gives women the opportunity to speak freely, to share their ideas and to be advocates for the challenges the women and girls face from day to day in their community. These women become new leaders, participating in political discussions and decisions affecting their community.
Women and girls are able to clean their teeth, their hair, their bodies, and their clothes without doubt. This not only impacts health, but the women and girls say they now ‘feel beautiful’.
We are careful never to overlook or override cultural or spiritual beliefs. Women’s health is a delicate discussion in these communities but it is an integral part of our training model. The women in the committee can improve the health and hygiene practices of all the women and girls in their community by being advocates for women’s health.
Being leaders in their community gives the women a sense of purpose through being role models in their community.
Women feel respected when they collaborate on an equal playing field with their male counterparts in the committee. A new level of respect is formed for the women in the committee because of their dedication to make a difference and stand up and be heard.