Friday, March 22, 2013

Give a Little to Celebrate World Water Day

It's World Water Day. That probably doesn't mean too much to those of us who can access drinking water with a turn of the tap or take ten-minute long hot steamy showers in one of the bathrooms in our home - or sit on a clean, porcelain toilet which we then flush with drinking quality water. We are the fortunate for whom water is abundant and easily accessible.

But that is not so in so many other parts of the world where drinking water is drawn from filthy rivers by women who often walk miles each day fetching and carrying it to and fro, and where basic sanitation facilities are non-existent.

So today, in honour of World Water Day, I donated a little to the Global Women’s Water Initiative (GWWI).  GWWI is building a group of women trainers who are knowledgeable in a holistic set of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) strategies who can build various technologies, promote water-related health campaigns and launch social enterprises. GWWI partners with local women leaders to design training for grassroots women and groups to bring sustainable WASH solutions that improve their communities' health and self-reliance. 

So far the projects launched by GWWI graduates have led to over 30,000 people accessing improved access to clean water and/or sanitation. I love that this projects empowers women to take control and solve the water issues in their communities.

Read about my weekly  Give a Little challenge and other posts. I have to give ongoing props to Wendy Smith for her inspiring book, Give a Little. Consider giving it a read.

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