COMMUNITY MUST BE INVOLVED ALL WASH PROJECTS

Community decision-making can be one of the key factors of success around any water development project. All over the world in communities of need, you’ll find systems that are functioning with ease and in others, the carcass of broken pumps, unused toilets, tanks in disrepair and the list goes on and on. A major contribution to the failure of these systems has been outsiders — not actually living in the community — deciding where to build and what to build, and not offering any local training for the construction, maintenance or repair of…


COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS UNITED BY WASH!

Rachel and Grace were participants at Global Women’s Water Initiative Training program in 2011. Both Rachel and Grace work in leadership roles at the Bukoba Women’s Water Empowerment Association (BUWEA) in Tanzania. BUWEAs ultimate goal is to create opportunities for women living in rural areas to increase their household income. BUWEA has over 350 women members in 61 groups in 30 villages of Bukoba. WASH Education, solar cooking, water testing and leadership development were among the other topics covered in their training. During the training program, Rachel and Grace learnt how to build various rainwater…


PRISON WARDEN FROM KENYA ENSURES WOMEN PRISONERS HAVE SAFE WATER

Lydia, the senior warden of Naivasha Women’s Medium Security Prison in Kenya believes that prisons should be a place for rehabilitation and transformation. In her experience, she has seen that the majority of the women who have been sentenced to time spent in prison are often convicted of crimes such as prostitution and/or abandoning their children. Despite the reasons for women feeling forced to resort to prostitution to provide for their children and having to abandon them to do so, it is still a crime and women can spend up…


PHIONA MBUGUA FINDS HER POWER AS A WASH TECHNICIAN

I have been a sex worker for so many years, but when I met Godliver (GWWI Head Technology Trainer), I have withdrawn. She trained me on tanks, now I can make bricks, I can make a tank… I think I can almost be a technical engineer!” Phionah Mbugua

Every once in a while you come upon someone who is truly the embodiment of transformation and inspiration. For our Global Women’s Water Initiative, Phionah Mbugua is that person.

Phionah was one of Life Bloom’s clients. When her husband left her 14…


“WATER FOR CITIES” AWARDED TO KILILI SELF-HELP PROGRAM (KSHP)

Congratulations to Jane Joseph who won the Water for Cities Top Prize at the Ministry of Water and Irrigation National Competition! Jane won for her essay promoting what they learned at GWWIs Women’s Water Leadership Academy. Here is an excerpt from their award-winning work:

KSHP’s vision and mission statement is to be a center of excellence promoting eco-health for economic development by safeguarding and enhancing eco-health for improved livelihoods through research and extension services to enhance adoption of technologies by local communities for food security and ecosystem health.

KSHP operates in…


ANGELLA AND MARTHA DEMO THEIR WASH TECHNOLOGIES AT WORLD WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION!

Angella and Martha have two big reasons to celebrate and are one step closer to reaching their goal of providing their community with access to water! First, they were able to raise funds from their local supporters and community members to buy an ISSB brick-making machine to build strong water tanks and rainwater harvesting systems! At the cost of approximately $1500 which is quite an accomplishment! And second, they won the Best Booth at the Moyo District Women’s Day Celebration!

Angella and Martha are from Marindi in Northern…


WHEN WOMEN UNITE, THEY CAN MAKE MAKE POWERFUL CHANGE

When Rosemary and Joy met Jackie and Dorothy, it wasn’t in Kisumu where they all live and work — — It was in Uganda at the Women’s Water Leadership Academy hosted by Global Women’s Water Initiave (GWWI). Joy and Rosemary were selected because of their work with Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET), an organization that promotes development of under-served communities through innovative health and education programs. KMET was connected to GWWI through American Jewish World Service (AJWS). KMET did not have a WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) program as part…


COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN KENYA CREATE INNOVATIVE BUSINESS MODEL BRING SAFE WATER TO ALL

“I never had hope of becoming rich because I would spend 2000KSH ($25US) per month because my children would get sick of typhoid. The money would come and go. Because of the Biosand Filter, now I dream of being rich!” CISO Member

The Community Initiative Self-Help Organization (CISO) of Birunda loves the Biosand Filter! …


SCHOOL SAVES MONEY AND LIVES FROM SAFE WATER TECHNOLOGY

“Before we got the Biosand Filters, seven students per week would get sick from typhoid. The school paid at least per student 450KSH (approx. $6US) just to take them to the doctor. Now we no longer have cases of typhoid and the school is saving money to buy educational materials.” Teacher at Angel Academy

At the Angel Academy Primary School typhoid was a daily occurrence with both students and teachers falling ill to disease caused by contaminated water. With over 500 students and at least 7 incidences of typhoid per week…


KATOSI WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT TRUST GOES GLOBAL!

CONGRATULATIONS are in order! Global Women’s Water Initiative is thrilled to share that our partner Katosi Women’s Development Trust (KWDT) won the 3rd Kyoto World Water Grand Prize at the World Water Forum in Marseilles, France!

KWDT is such an incredible organization. KWDT enables rural women to effectively manage their social, economic and political development processes for improved livelihoods. It started out as a small fish farming project with a single women’s group in Katosi and has since evolved into a network of 16 groups with 365 women! Since its inception 15 years ago…

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