Access to safe water has the power to break the circle of poverty, to protect and save lives and to make a bright future possible for all. Maasai spend hours every day walking to collect water for their family. Not only does walking for water keep children out of school or take up time that parents could be using to earn money, but the water often carries diseases that can make everyone sick. But access to clean water means education, income and health – especially for women and kids.
Clean water changes everything.
Diseases from dirty water kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. 80% of diseases in the Maasai region are waterborne and preventable with clean water and improved sanitation.
Clean water helps keep kids in school, especially girls. Children especially girls spend their days collecting water for their families or are homesick with water related illness instead of going to school. Less time collecting water means more time in class.
In Maasai community women spend hours every day walking for water. Water projects nearby can save time, and give women freedom and opportunity. Access to clean water gives communities more time to grow food, earn an income, and go to school — all of which fight poverty.
Maasai Women and girls are responsible for 90% of the water collected. When a community gets water, women and girls get their lives back. They start businesses, improve their homes, and take charge of their own futures.