Why not honor your mom by giving the gift of clean water this year, improving the lives of mothers in the Central African Republic? You can check out our special edition Mother’s Day Cards here.
|From new mom, Jessica Cornell: “I have been a mom for 10 weeks now and am loving it! However it has recently made me think and care for deeply other mothers, especially those around the world. I think about the women over in CAR who are affected by clean water supply. Such a big part of breastfeeding is being hydrated, and if you do not have access to water your milk supply can drop drastically. How important it is for these women and children to have that water well in order for them to survive and have happy mommas and happy babies! Just has been on my mind, (all the time!). Thought I would share.”|
- Around the world, women and children bear the primary responsibility for water collection.
- Women and girls often spend up to 6 hours each day collecting water.
- Because mothers have the greatest interest in making sure the project is successful, involving women can make water projects 6 to 7 times more effective!
This Mother’s Day we can celebrate and #endthewalk for dirty water for women!
When Water for Good initiates a new well project in the Central African Republic, we employ village trainers to talk each village through the establishment of a special well committee. Trainers encourage the committee to include as many women of prominence as possible in the voting and on the committee. Our local trainers then give pointers on how to elect the members. Although the trainer makes recommendations, it’s ultimately up to the community to select the members they think would fulfill the role, and determine what model they’ll use to collect funds from the community to pay for the long-term maintenance of the pump, keeping the water flowing!
Hulda Ngouatobo, one of Water for Good’s community trainers demonstrates a newly built hand-washing station outside a school in Boali. Our community trainers help villages make the most of their new water source by teaching basic sanitation and hygiene principles, as well as how to care for their new water pump.