Glass ceilings aside, millions of women around the world are prohibited from accomplishing little more than survival. Not because of a lack of ambition, or ability, but because of a lack of safe water and adequate sanitation at home. Millions of women and children in the developing world spend untold hours daily, collecting water from distant, often polluted sources, then return to their villages carrying their filled jerry cans on their backs.
Through Water.org women are getting much needed access to safe water and improved sanitation, at home. This series of photos documents life for women in our world, who have faced the water crisis head-on.
Before a community well was built in her village of Endasilassie, Ethiopia, Kinslahafti used to spend hours each day carrying water down a long road home.
In Indonesia, access to water allows women to wash their feet before entering a place of worship.
Having a water tap at home is a relief, and for Gandhimery, her family and neighbors in a rural Indian village, preferable over walking 45 minutes to a local water source.
In Haiti, even getting enough untreated spring water is a colossal effort.
“To me a good house means having a toilet and a water connection. We have made it our priority to build a toilet in the house.” -Tirotama from India.
It never rains but it pours. In Kenya, giant water tanks are a popular solution to inconsistent water supplies.
A community well provides fresh water to women living in Onaninga, Ghana.
Divya and her new water tap in rural India.