World Water Day: Support Strong Women, Strong World
In many cultures, the responsibility of collecting water falls to women and girls, who must often walk for miles in search of water that may well be contaminated. This time-consuming chore prevents many girls from attending school and impedes the ability of mothers to care for their children. What’s more, unclean water and poor sanitation and hygiene contribute to the spread of disease and increase the chances of children dying before the age of 5. Worldwide, an estimated 2.5 billion people, many of them women and girls, lack access to improved sanitation.
Women of Vision/World Vision is pleased to launch Strong Women, Strong World – a response to the needs of women and girls living in poverty in developing nations. Over the next five years, this initiative aims to raise $15 million, some of which will go toward water, sanitation and hygiene programs.
By providing access to clean water, improved sanitation, and hygiene training, we will work to reduce the distances traveled by women and girls collecting water and decrease the susceptibility of pregnant women and young girls to waterborne diseases.
Learn more about Strong Women, Strong World at www.strongwomenstrongworld.org.